The Tree of Exploration - Original Artwork


The story behind the artwork

A stunning new tree artwork, first inspired by an article Kristjana read in National Geographic - growing up, her Icelandic Grandfather had a stack of these fascinating journals and a young Kristjana would spend hours pouring over the contents. This artwork is a tribute to the female explorers who documented the botanical world before the advent of photography. At a time when men did most of the travelling and exploration, these women defied the norms and expectations of their age and pursued their passion for nature and adventure. A few years ago, Kristjana researched two of these remarkable women, Isabella Bird and Marianne North, who faced immense challenges and dangers in exploring and illustrating the flora of different continents. As a woman who grew up in Iceland, a country with a strong tradition of gender equality and female leadership, Kristjana wanted to honour these women and their legacy. This tree symbolises the spirit of exploration, adventure and discovery that has motivated many women throughout history, and reminds us of the beauty and diversity of the world and the need to protect and preserve it for the future. Within its boughs, discover the badges of honour that celebrate some of the most visionary female adventurers who have left their indelible mark on the world.

Artwork Details

Bespoke Hand and laser cut paper collage. Digitally designed, hand sculpted paper elements are painstakingly pinned in place onto a thick foam board, creating a stunning three dimensional effect. Utterly unique in its composition and to its owner, an original artwork is one of its kind and cannot be replicated.  Your piece will be the only piece like it, anywhere in the world.

  • Framed dimensions (approximately): 112 cm x 154 cm x 12 cm
  • Bespoke wooden box frame, painted with a smooth coat of matt paint.
  • Giclée printed on Matt Smooth Fine Art Cotton 300gsm.
  • Signed by the artist.
  • Comes with a physical ‘Certificate of Authenticity’.

Please note, that all Original Artworks in L, XL or A0 and larger, are only available for delivery within the UK. If you wish to purchase an oversized piece, please email for a bespoke quote on delivery cost. For further information on our framing service, click here.

Delivery & Returns

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Original Artwork is delivered within 7 - 10 working days to allow for packaging and delivery.

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