Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Parable of the Tree

For Printmaking this semester, I've decided that my theme is going to be parables. And the very first one that I chose is a parable I remember hearing when I was between the ages of 10 and 14. I have tried to find this story several times and been unsuccessful in tracking it down, but I know that I did NOT make it up. It is also the first triptych I've ever made (:

The story of the Parable of the Tree:

One day, the devil went to God and said, "Hey, God, when are you going to give me dominion over the world?" And God responded, "I'll tell you what, I will give the world over to you the day the last leaf falls from the last tree, and all trees stand bare."

And so a deal was struck between Satan and God.

The Devil sent his minions out into the world to watch the trees, and when the leaves had fallen from all save one, the devil himself came to watch it.

When the last leaf fell from that tree, the devil went to claim his prize,

but in the time it took for all the leaves to fall from the last tree, all the other trees in the world had sprouted again, and thus was the devil denied his prize, for God would never give over dominion of the world to him.

The Ants and the Grasshopper

This semester, I'm taking 3 art classes: Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Printmaking, and Conceptual Drawing. For the last two, we've been told to pick a theme to work on throughout the semester, so I decided for Conceptual Drawing, I'm going to work my way through a series of Aesop's Fables. Our first assignment was to create an interesting shape that filled the page-- then to fill that shape. I decided I'd use "The Ants and the Grasshopper" for the first one.

So here's the story:
  In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. 

An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

  "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"
   "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went
on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of
hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the
summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is thrifty to prepare for the wants of tomorrow.

And here is the overall piece: