Throughout his work, Roxy Paine has consistently studied nature and organic growth as a language. His Replicants were the first works to demonstrate improvisation in this regard. The Dendroids present a natural evolution of this guiding principle: "I was interested initially in the idea of a tree as a language... Each tree is a new story, a compelling entity, told with that language. The whole project is about permutations in that language. And of course, as I become familiar with the language, other things become interesting, like decay and death in more recent trees, and looking for new ways to use the language." Paine's studies provide a broader understanding of the underlying artistic process for this important sculptor who has earned widespread international acclaim over the past decade and, with "One Hundred Foot Line", a place within the National Gallery of Canada's collection.