Description This painting is based on the oldest tree in the world. It is found in California and is 4700 years old. The tree is aptly called Methuselah.The bristle cone pine is a twisted and gnarly tree that grows in difficult climates. Its age is determined through taking a core sample from it and examining the rings under a microscope. The science is known as Dendrochronology which means tree time, hence the name of the painting. The rings reveal changes in climate, rain, drought, volcanic activity and frost.
Susan Weinberg, Minneapolis Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement As both a genealogist and an artist, much of my work has focused on family and cultural history. My Eastern Europe series is composed of paintings based on travels in LIthuania and the surrounding Baltic States. I frequently incorporate Yiddish into my paintings as it ties to my cultural roots. My Eastern Europe series deals with the Holocaust, the traces of the Jewish community that remain and the stories that I learned in my travels.
My work also includes a series based on China and earlier works of reflected images. While earlier work is largely figurative, my more recent work is moving into semi-abstract imagery.