Beth Moon. Shebehon Forest. Limited Edition.
Shebehon Forest, edition of 9. 17.5” x 26” print size on 22” x 30” paper (hand coated platinum and palladium metals on cotton water color paper).
Glimpsing the dragon’s blood trees that mantle the Haghier Mountains, one can imagine this is what the world must have looked like millions of years ago. Living up to 500 years, these bizarre trees are unique to the island of Socotra. They are most astonishing in appearance!
This mythical tree, with an arching canopy looks like an umbrella blown inside out. When the trunk is cut (islanders are allowed to do this twice a year), a deep red sap, highly prized from ancient times, oozes from the tree. Growing in severe conditions, the tree has raised its branches upward over time to obtain moisture from the highland mists.
Once part of a vast forest, these remaining trees are now classified as endangered. Recent years have shown a troubling decline due to over-grazing by goats, harvesting from islanders, and insufficient cloud cover needed for young saplings.
Since 1999, Beth Moon’s work has appeared in more than eighty solo and group exhibitions worldwide, receiving critical acclaim in major fine art publications internationally.
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