“Quixotic Measures” is a documented performance that illustrates that personification, though seemingly pure in its intentions, is an act that is fundamentally carried out by the sanguine and the naive. The tree is indubitably warranted to be of a weak and feeble nature, and is ultimately given the human qualities and attributes of pain, fragility and impotency. Moreover, the tree is now left without a collective support system and has no means of attaining one.
The work emerged from questions about the circumstances under which humans come to be authorized to state their opinions, impose upon, and add to the composition of a form of identity by contributing to that identity’s life narrative. In this case, the identity of a tree’s natural state.