Mary Ellen Strom
Tree Line (silver with green) (silver), 2013
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond 2016.3.21-22
Primarily working in video and photography, Mary Ellen Strom creates works that, in her words, “unearth submerged narratives” in our environment, culture, and history. Employing movement and metaphor, the artist seeks to convey an understanding of place and time in her work. Photographed by the artist in Lodgepole Pine Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, the trees featured in this work are referred to as “dead standing” because they have been infected and killed by the Pine Beetle. This work is part of a series, entitled “Tree Lines,” which features depictions of the dead tree trunks painted in several different colors. Multiple photographs were taken of the colored trees from different distances and the photographs were lined up to create seven vertical lines. Side-by-side, these lines created the NTSC, or National Television System Committee, video color bar spectrum which was used in early television technology to create the colored images.