Tacita Dean, Three Drawings from the Series “Deformed Trees”, (2005)
In the series Deformed Trees, Dean paints over the background, and sometimes also the foreground, of old black and white postcards depicting trees. The postcards came from a collection she had been acquiring from flea markets all over the world since the mid 1990s. The application of white onto a darker ground has its origin in Dean’s work with a series of drawings on blackboards initiated while she was a student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
-from Tacita Dean: Analogue: Drawings 1991–2006, exhibition catalogue, Schaulager Basel 2006