by sonya rapoport

"Miscellanea d'alchimia" (MS.,14th cent.)

ARBOR ERECTA is an adaptation of the story of the transsexual change of James from female to male. The narrative is fancifully explored as James fictitiously re-enacts the Papua New Guinea tribal initiation rites of bonding with a Pandanus tree. Mastering the tree's species cements masculine identity and reflects an intangible but very real commune with the green cosmos.

"The mystery of the world is the relationship between the visible and the invisible"
--Gilbert Herdt

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