Trap and Release I & II (size 18 x 19 x 22cm each)
Concrete, Macrocarpa wood blocks, mirror, 2017
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.
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.
Both are currently on display in the Annexe Gallery at Ever Garden and are available for purchase individually or as a pair.