An allegory of beauty and biodiversity
This bronze work of art is an allegory of the concept that beauty is based on variety.
It all started with a tiny piece of bark found by the artist in the countryside, molded and used as the root of her Tree of Life.
At the bottom, on one side, the molded root mixed with the human face represents the origins of nature as well as our ancestors.
On the other side, the rose is used here as a symbol of love (for its strength and delicacy) and the personification of loved ones. It is significant that three in number, the roses are filled with meaning and are used as a symbol of the trinities “past, present and future”, “birth, life and death” as well as “body, mind and soul”.
It is important to notice that in this entire piece of art, a parallel is drawn between Nature and Human Beings.
In this way, the sap is represented as human veins.
This lifeblood rises to the top of the tree with the five branches representing the five continents.
On each branch the corresponding continent is represented by a different flower.
A tiare flower for Oceania, a dahlia for America, an orchid for Asia, an excelsa for Africa and an arum for Europe.
As the different species have been dispersed and mixed as a result of various migrations, each living being on the branches seems to have landed where life carried it. This is because it is impossible to decide where we will be born and often difficult to decide where we will live.
In addition, every living being on the branches (9 birds and 1 insect) represents a distinct physical aspect of personality.
Scarlet Ibis (sociability), Hummingbird (always in a hurry), Oriole (happiness and creativity), Robin (peacefulness), Red-cheeked cordon-bleu (eccentricity), Shoebill/Whalehead (quietness and solitude), Eagle (domination and supremacy), Kingfisher (recklessness), Toucan (festivity) and Butterfly (ephemeral, delicacy and shape-shifting).
In a family, as in mankind, each character has its own personality, with its skills, qualities and flaws. It is this diversity which is the origin of deep richness and it is the communication between individuals and generations which is the origin of harmony.
Therefore, for the sculptress Dotty, this bronze sculpture is a way to claim, loud and clear, the right and need to be yourself, and that harmony and beauty depend on diversity.
Finally, notice that this well-balanced, elegant composition of Dotty’s Tree of Life gives the viewer a feeling of movement with the interaction between the birds, and an understanding of our being a part of this living world.