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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Callie Zimmerman

SPE Member since 2019
Member Chapter: Midwest


The box holds a young tree, stripped of leaves as if in a temporary winter or state of decay. She is isolated in her barren, neglectful environment.

A young girl approaches the tree. Empathy. She knows what it's like to feel like you're dying. The girl strips and offers the tree her clothes, the only thing she can give. Bare, she becomes less and less herself, taking up less and less space, eventually disappearing. The ultimate abnegation.

Despite the girl's sacrifice, the tree is beyond saving. Mysteriously, the tree is left in shambles by an invisible destructive force, leaving behind broken bones.

New growth peeks out from another box. The wheel turns.

Temporary Winter



The Ultimate Abnegation

Beyond Saving

The Wheel Turns

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