GUILLOTIN'S OAK

guillotin
LE CHÊNE À GUILLOTIN

pen and watercolour on paper
2000 - 240 x 340mm mm

This hollow oak with a circumference is nearly 10 meters (more than 30feet) grows not far from the village of Concoret in Bretagne. Legend has it that the Abbott Guillotin hid inside of it when he fled from the soldiers of the French Revolution and that a spider had woven its web over the entrance so the sansculottes didn't find the holy man. Nowadays it is protected by a fence, but when I was there I could still enter the inside of the tree, and had some difficulty getting back out. Which was, for a second, pretty scary. I made a coloured version in 2000. Some people see in this work a birth trauma, which is also a plausibe explanation. Why not? I like Stanislav Grof's work a lot.