By Sue Ann Robinson
1994. Edition of 125.
7.25 x 4.75" with 20 pages. The end pages slip out of the cover to open as accordion so that the trees on the opposite side of the page can form a grove. The front wrapper is embossed with leaves. The edition was created for and supported by the Library Fellows of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
As the Latin title suggests, Robinson's creation, Quercus Psalter, is a book inspired by stories about oak trees. Much of the text is derived from the participatory installations of Quercus Scribe. These installations included sixty live, indigenous southern California oak tree seedlings from TreePeople in Los Angeles, a continuous loop audio tape of oak lore, an oak desk and chair, oak leaves, and chalk boards with text. Visitors were invited to write in a blank book about their memories of oak trees. By sharing remembrances, we begin to re-establish our personal relationship to the natural world so easily lost in the crush of modern life of modern life. The installations, and subsequent oak tree performances of Quercus Meander and tree plantings in Long Beach, continued to make the connection between art and life, and make a difference in the environment. (Sue Ann Robinson, March 1994)