Tacita Dean

Canterbury England 1965, lives and works in Berlin

Crowhurst II
Gouache on fibre-based photograph, mounted on paper
300 x 380 cm

A series in which Dean painted out the backgrounds of old postcards depicting trees led her to her own photographs of famous or ancient trees in her native England. In this work we see the "Crowhurst yew," located on the grounds of a twelfth–century church in Surrey and said to be over four thousand years old. It shares its name with one of Dean's favorite subjects, the English sailor Donald Crowhurst, who disappeared in the late 1960s during a solo round–the–world boat race. A key work from this group of works, the film Disappearance at Sea, is also part of our collection.

recent photograph of the yew tree in Crowhurst