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.