Initially associated with the Arte Povera movement, Guiseppe Penone creates sculptures, installations and photographs that typically incorporate natural materials such as dirt, vegetation, and minerals. In 1968, he began his first experimental works in forests. For example, in his series titled Alpi Marittime, the artist directly intervened with living trees by manipulating them and inserting objects (for instance, a bonze cast of his hand) that would modify their growth over time. This linkage of natural and human processes is at the heart of his artistic process.

I Have Been a Tree in the Hand, 1984-1991, Wood and iron.
© ADAGP, Paris / SOCAN, Montréal (2022) • Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay