By Australian Artist Gerhard Hillmann
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I have always admired the eucalyptus trees we have in Australia and they are a continuing source of inspiration in my creative practice. This collection is all about the colour and textures of an eucalyptus tree I discovered with lots of new growth and texture.The leaves on this eucalyptus are mixture of rich deep greens and yellows, full of life and energy. I tried to create an image which showcases the magical essence of the gum tree. Crushing a leaf up in my hands a rich aroma of eucalyptus is released. The fragrance of the eucalypt is mesmerising and a dream state of ideas flicker through my mind. This panel is the result.
Many eucalypt species, especially black peppermint tree and Tasmanian bluegum contain an aromatic oil known as eucalyptus oil. Its main use is medical and most people have it in their household. There are more than 650 species of Eucalyptus in Australia and they are very iconic of the Australian landscape and culture. They are also known as gumtrees and stringy barks because a lot of them shed their bark in long strands.
As I Hold up another leaf to the sun a magical image appears. The veins embedded within the leaves are backlit and the translucent glow reminds me that light is colour. I trace the veins of the leaf down to the stem and think about a continuous journey of survival and purification underway in each leaf on every tree. An interaction and exchange with the sun we know as Photosynthesis occurs, enabling life to continue. I marvel at the fact that the oxygen we breath is in fact a by product of this process. A scientific explanation below describes this magical process.
Photosynthesis is a process used by plants to convert light energy into chemical energy that can be released later to keep it alive and continues growing. Energy from light is absorbed by proteins called reaction centres that contain green chlorophyll pigments. In plants, these proteins are held inside organelles called chloroplasts, which are most abundant in leaf cells. This chemical energy is stored as sugars, which are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water – hence the name photosynthesis, In most cases, oxygen is also released as a waste product. Most plants, Photosynthesis is largely responsible for producing and maintaining the oxygen content of the Earth's atmosphere, and supplies all of the organic compounds and most of the energy necessary for life on Earth.
Everything is connected in nature and this circle of life has the eucalyptus as a centrepiece. For me all living things, especially trees are mandalas. Who needs to meditate when you can really look at a tree.Some of the images in this collection are based on the universal wholeness of a mandala, which iterally means circle. Something which hints at more than meets the eye. In modern times Mandala has become a generic term for any geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a time-microcosm of the universe. It originally meant to represent wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself—a cosmic diagram that shows us our relation to the infinite, the world that extends beyond and within our minds and bodies. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be used for focusing attention as a guidance tool and aid to meditation.
"Sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, ... which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. ... Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is: ... the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious".— Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp. 195–196.
"The mandala serves a conservative purpose—namely, to restore a previously existing order. But it also serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new and unique. ... The process is that of the ascending spiral, which grows upward while simultaneously returning again and again to the same point".
— Jungian analyst Marie-Louise von Franz, C. G. Jung: Man and His Symbols, p. 225