Wood has a life of its own - long after it has left the tree form - and it offers infinite possibilities and challenges. This constant negotiation with wood has brought me deeper into its materiality. These carved and painted panels are closely related to the work I do when making block prints but have a life of their own.
My work is motivated by the pursuit of making very beautiful objects about unremarkable, overlooked, or otherwise ‘unworthy’ things. I like the contradiction of a beautifully crafted object about a potentially ugly or ordinary subject.
My work rides the line between beauty and discomfort; it acknowledges that in nature there is brutality, misshapenness, a degree of loneliness, and that the natural world does not bend to accommodate us. I’m far more concerned with what is in the dark corners and small spaces than with the grand vista, and I pay close attention to what gets overlooked by others.
CONTAINERS AND STRUCTURES