Human beings tend to cling to objects for comfort. These objects can support our habits, heal our wounds, or simply serve as a reminder of what once was. In Jane Bennett’s book Vibrant Matter, she suggests a world where both humans and nonhumans live in constant communication with one another. This means that we as humans would attempt to return the same sense of comfort to these objects that we cling to. For this piece, I focus on a weeping willow tree that grew in my parents’ yard for years until it was uprooted in a storm in 2011. I work to get to know the tree more intimately by taking impressions of a sample of one of its branches that I recovered. Although my interest in the medical field allowed me to approach this process in a very analytical way, I found that the end result has much more emotional effects.
Photographs by Sam Brower.