Pinus Attis

An essay which Pinus Attis is the primary subject matter, by Canadian writer Kenneth Radu is available at this link.
Behold the Man: Self-Portraits of Albrecht Dürer & Adamo Macri

"When I look at this image, I smell the scent of pine and also feel the sticky resin that oozes from the cluster of needles. The starburst makes me think more that the man is a humble hero, receiving a laurel wreath, but knowing that fame is short-lived. I also see it as a crown of thorns, suggesting that suffering is part of life, that if we survive, our appreciation of existence is that much sweeter. The power of the image depends on the double reading of the laurel wreath (positive) and the crown of thorns (negative). The reading can veer in many directions (and of course it goes without saying, it depends on the viewers' personal frame of mind). Provocative, as usual, Adamo!"
Jan Kather (American media artist at Elmira College)