If a tree falls, 2020
Oil on canvas
107h x 137w cm
If a tree falls will it make a sound? is a classic philosophical thought experiment to encourage dialogue about perception, observation and metaphysics. Through Smiley’s lens, literally and metaphorically in his large oil painting ‘If a tree falls’ we are asked to do the same, reframed to direct subtle attention to the trace of human activity.
Why we love it? The intricate detail and impressionist brush strokes provide an outworldly land where the leaves run like fire flies and the earth moves like water.
Shannon Smiley’s exhibition ‘Current State’ is now on.