|Composition #1 (15X10 inches)|
The next three pieces are similar in the sense that they are composed of rectangles of wood that were cut consecutively from the same piece of wood. The patterns were creating by arranging the pieces in an order that made sense to me or resonated at some psychic level.
|Transitions (6X10 inches)|
|The Scream (3X7 inches)|
|The piece, called The Scream reminded me of the painting by Edvard Munch.|
|The Scream by Edvard Munch|
|Screaming Pope by Francis Bacon|
The Screaming Pope also evokes the idea of this small piece. It is composed of two consecutive slices of wood. when I held them together the image that you jumped out at me.
All three pieces were created without changing the surface of the wood other than sanding the wood and finishing it. This is something different from my usual wood carving. Usually I am trying to remove layers of wood to find what the wood has to reveal. In a way, it is only the technique that is different. The idea of reusing wood that would have been discarded is the same as well as following the nature of the wood to see what it reveals is also to same. I think we should use technique as a tool and not be limited by only one method of arriving at the final destination.
The last of five pieces was carved in the usual manner.
|Chinese Poem (6X11 inches)|
The Chinese characters are from a poem that I read in a book by a Chinese calligraphy artist. The calligraphy was beautiful and the poems were interesting. I like this poem because it expresses how I feel about Bayshore Woods. Here is a rough Translation, "Stillness In The Green Pine Forest". I took a lot of liberties with the Chinese characters by lengthening parts, exaggerating parts and generally changing them until they flowed on the wood in a way that I liked. However, I did not change the characters so much that they were illegible. Also, I did not place them in any particular order on the wood so you can read them and interpret them as you like. That is part of the fluidity of Chinese poetry.
Well, there they are, five new pieces, different yet the same. Once I finish my grand daughter's crib which is very close to completion, I will have more time to finish and work on other pieces.