“ The Forest is a state of Mind.” Gaston Bachelard
Nesting in the Wolf Tree is a photographic series that depicts the forest as a space of the unseen and the mysterious whose immensity engenders admiration, contemplation and fright.
The territory the artist has chosen to portray is the forest of Fontainebleau, located 60km at the south of Paris. The latter has become over the years a familiar environment, a place to which she became intimately attached, for the house in which she grew up stood at the edge of this very forest. As a child, these woods were her playground, the land of many adventures and extraordinary stories. As a teenager, they became a place of freedom and escapism away from parental authority. Today, they are a space for introspection and peacefulness.
The series starts as a wander into the woods and slowly turns into a journey of initiation and emancipation. Carried by playing and daydreaming, begins a quest for identity, scattered with obstacles, singular rituals and secret hideaways.
Combining self-portraits and landscapes, Alexandra Serrano interacts physically with the forest in an attempt to tame the surrounding nature.Through her still lives, constructed from natural elements gathered during her daily walks, she creates a dialogue between the inside and the outside, the built and the wild, while calling upon souvenirs and sensations which progressively transform the forest into a place of memory that resonates with the melancholy of time.