Cigarette Tree involves the plastic wrapping of a pack of cigarettes being drawn above the box, and then lined with paper-ends. As the ends are lit, the smoke released from each slowly curls inwards, ensconcing the wrapping in wreaths of fog. Gradually, once the ends begin to burn out, the wrapping collapses inwards, until it resembles a smoky, pilfered gravesite. Outwardly beautiful, the image also acts as the perfect summation of Carr’s concerns, because it literally twins the life of the film with the death of the image; there’s a sad duality that plagues our desire to keep looking, as it becomes caught up in the inevitable demise of the object.
Director: Steve Carr
Cinematography: Richard Harling