The work „ghost trees“ creates a visual archive of the new forest landscape which is affected by climate change. Images of the forest in media and popular culture still revolve around the romanticized view of the verdant and dense forest landscape. But the rapid climate-based transformation of forest ecosystems challenges those idealized notions of forest aesthetics.
The first chapter of the archive explores forests of the Hegau area in South Germany. One of the most obvious transformations of these ecosystems is a growing number of dying, bare-branched trees as a consequence of drought, monoculture and bark beetle damage. With the images, I collect various types and stages of the "ghost trees" to build the visual archive. So far, the archive documents the new forest landscape in five categories.
30 digital prints on kozo washi paper, 29,7 x 21 cm, 2022 - ongoing.