Tacita Dean, Majesty, 2006, gouache on photograph mounted on paper, Tate
Majesty is one of a group of works based on photographs of ancient trees in the South East of England created by the artist for her exhibition Analogue at the Schaulager, Basel, in spring 2006. It was made from a black and white photograph that Dean took of one of the largest and oldest complete oak trees in England, massively enlarged and printed on four overlapping sections of fibre-based paper. All the area surrounding the tree’s leafless branches and trunk has been overpainted with white gouache, isolating its structure and form.
"Can I be blamed for wanting a real body, to put my arms around? Without it I too am disembodied. I can listen to my own heartbeat against the bedsprings…but there’s something dead about it, something deserted."
"Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious."
Umr bhar Ghalib yehi bhool karta raha
Dhool chehre par thi aur aaina saaf karta raha
Chhod de ab use wafa ki ummeed Ghalib
Jo rula sakta hai who bhula bhi sakta hai