fractured wood

My art is about being fractured, and broken, natural and unique. It is about being allowed to be fractured, broken, natural and unique.

It is about being imperfect and beautiful at the same time; rescued and saved and recycled and given new life.  Left as open and natural as it can be, the pieces resonate with the beholder.

It is about allowing the piece to shape and warp and crack and move freely, unrestricted, untethered, which is what gives it strength, character and uniqueness. Never expecting, wanting or needing perfection.

No two pieces alike, in shape, form, size or condition. Some are thick and heavy, some thin and light. Some have voids and holes, or are swirling with rings or colors and shapes. Others are twisted and bent, cracked and adorned with rock, gems, shell, copper, rope and glass. Some voids are filled with coffee grounds, green or black tea, sage, grape vine leaves, sawdust.  Some are shiny, some are dull, some are velvety smooth and others are rustic and rough. I use 100% food grade drying oils like hemp, flax, walnut or tung, shellac or Danish oil and food safe waxes.

I embrace the uniqueness of each piece of wood and craft the art to capture the most character, no matter what condition, every single time. To me, each piece of wood is a gift, from nature.

All have a story. All have meaning and all have worth and each one has a place in this world. It might be with you.

Each piece has a lively energy of renewal that may give each beholder hope and a sense of a connection to nature.

 

~~Wood Owl