Purpleheart and Rewarewa
140mm x 180mm x 160mm
Having worked with timber for over 25 years, I developed a great love of the structure of different species, how they can be so similar yet so vastly different at the same time. 10 years ago, I started making furniture for pleasure, experimenting with mixed timber and using the natural qualities, textures, and colours to enhance my work, adding beauty to functionality. Around this time, I began working on the idea for my sculptural style, working with potential techniques and the maths required on paper long before the first “proof of concept” piece. The timber used is reclaimed, recycled, or repurposed from a variety of sources; mid-century furniture, renovation/demolition timber, felled specimen trees, and on occasion swamp timber. Each timber has its own unique properties, presenting different approaches to shaping and finishing sculpture. Using the known, and somewhat fixed parameters of sculpture, I let the timber follow its own path. And while I aim to guide a piece from beginning to end, there is an element of excitement in the creation process as the final form emerges. To me this is the tie between the timber and the shell form. Both shells and trees each start from a singular point, and yet as they grow to a predetermined pattern, they are a product of their own growth, environment, and struggle.