The video installation consists of three complementary performances shown on televisions. On the left-hand screen I am putting acorns into my mouth one at a time, until I cannot fit any more. On the centre screen I am attempting to hold my arms above shoulder height for as long as possible. On the right-hand screen I am holding a candle in the palm of my hand while trying to remain completely still.
Quercus/Augustus is a meditation on the tree as a motif for ascension. This tree encompasses many ideas, like Beuys’ 7000 Oaks Project, the biblical tree of life and my own personal experience of trees as a place of refuge. The first part of the name, Quercus, is the Latin word for oak tree and the second part of the name, Augustus, means revered or exalted.