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Category: Studio Practice

Media: Concrete, Macrocarpa wood blocks, mirror,


Work exploring means of one material intervening with the other – entrapment within a quick-setting cement mix and slicing to make incisions and divide.

The wood blocks were tracked down when looking for rougher examples of wood which hadn’t been factory processed into regular sided blocks or planks. They were actually cut for firewood, stacked waiting to be burned at a local woodworker’s workshop and had been through a process of chopping and splitting with an axe. The splitting parted the wood following and revealing the undulating vertical grain hidden inside. To make the blocks smaller, they had then been reduced in size with a powered bandsaw, creating contrasting smooth flat planes.

Block concrete encasing was devised with a small-scale shuttering arrangement. The dry mix ‘Postcrete’ was used – normally used as a ready to go method for cementing fence posts into the ground – with some modifications, as an apt and unrefined material for the process.

The block casting formed the plinth bases to the ‘sculptures’, whilst also making a physical encapsulation of one to the other. Incisions with mirrors were then made as references of the splitting and release actions that created the original wood forms.

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