Geraldine O'Reilly

Yew Tree and Forest Series

‘In the midpoint of this journey that is our life I found myself passing through a dark forest the right path through which had disappeared’. Dante, Divine Comedy.

All the prints in this series of etchings feature forest or yew tree imagery. ‘Under the 17th century Yew walk in the woods on the Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co Monaghan. I was mesmerised by the tree’s ancient tendrils, sweeping upwards, as if they were bound in bundles. Something stirred in the unconscious’. The prints developed into a ‘shadow’ series. ‘Shadow’ is the term Carl Jung gave to the primitive and instinctive side of the individual.