Artist Statement

My practice revolves around trees and timber, and our history of working with wood. The things we have built, the meanings we have imposed and the structures we have left behind. The works I construct are amalgams of specific techniques, materials, textures, and form. My practice is fuelled by a great interest in functional buildings, passage tombs, warehouses, drydocks, and sewage works. Unlike these useful buildings my works serve no practical purpose, they are combinations of past and present functions distilled into solid inert forms.

I work slowly using tools and processes that have changed very little since their inception. Employing techniques that leave the marks and the traces of the decisions made, a memory of both my actions of shaping and the materials act of growing.

 

Me, sawing a log.
A large uneven tined sculpture
Railing.

Railing was made completely by hand; each piece being cut from a round log using a variety of traditional sawing techniques. the bottom section is made from Alder, dovetailed, and pinned in place, the top section is made with Ash from two different trees, both felled due to Ash dieback. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uneven fence like sculpture a top a shed roof.
Railing . 10/04/21. Pit sawn Ash and Alder. approx. 2.1 meters tall by 3.7 metres long. Tapering from 20cm to 4cm.
A heavily tined lop-sided sculpture mirroring the form of a row of Alders in the background.
Railing . 10/04/21. Pit sawn Ash and Alder. approx. 2.1 meters tall by 3.7 metres long. Tapering from 20cm to 4cm.
A heavily tined lop-sided sculpture looming over the photographer.
Railing . 10/04/21. Pit sawn Ash and Alder. approx. 2.1 meters tall by 3.7 metres long. Tapering from 20cm to 4cm.
A heavily tined lop-sided sculpture aligned with two industrial chimneys. expand
Railing . 10/04/21. Pit sawn Ash and Alder. approx. 2.1 meters tall by 3.7 metres long. Tapering from 20cm to 4cm.
A dramatic view of Railing, its tines aligned with distant branches.
Railing . 10/04/21. Pit sawn Ash and Alder. approx. 2.1 meters tall by 3.7 metres long. Tapering from 20cm to 4cm.
A barn like structure before cladding.
Open Construction. 12/04/21 Black in on white paper. 31cm x 23.
Small Sculptures.

I make these small sculptures out of the offcuts from the larger works, following a penciled line with the bandsaw or chisel. some take a day or two and others a few minutes. They act as a change of scene from the repetitive nature of sawing and through them I am able to digest and develop ideas, slower than the pencil but quicker than the larger pieces I make. Some of them are maquettes for larger works I want to make, but mostly they are sculptures in their own right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A weir with no Water.
Empty weir. 19cm x 7cm x 4cm. 21/02/21 Alder and Bitumen.
A row of small architectural sculptures, lined up as if heading somewhere. expand
Four small sculptures.
a single straight wall with 8 buttresses holding it upright.
Overly Buttressed wall. 21/01/21 Ash 40cm x 15cm x 7cm
a single straight wall with 8 buttresses holding it upright.
Overly Buttressed wall. 21/01/21 Ash 40cm x 15cm x 7cm
A grate, filter like wedge.
Feather edged wedge. 07/03/21 hand sawn and planed ash, 16cm x 10cm x 2cm
Square building with useless internal corridor. expand
Buttressed House. 21/01/21 14cm x 14cm x 7cm, 2/3 mm think wall. One piece of found pine.
square building with two angled buttresses besides the entrance. expand
Buttressed House. 21/01/21 14cm x 14cm x 7cm, 2/3 mm think wall. One piece of found pine.
Three Corridors, with only one leading anywhere.
Corridor, CorriDOOR, Corridor. 25/01/21 Approx 13cm x 5cm x 6cm. Beech, linseed oil and red chalk powder
small sculpture painted red, looking even smaller in a large empty void. expand
Corridor, CorriDOOR, Corridor. 25/01/21 Approx 13cm x 5cm x 6cm. Beech, linseed oil and red chalk powder
a house that has closed its own front door
The House that closed it’s own front door. 21/02/21 8cm x 13cm x 5cm Alder and Bitumen.
Dished

Like some kind of radar or telecommunications device, Dished stands in front of the tree from which it was hewn looking out across the same view it has spent its whole life (as a branch) looking at. Dished was made from a single branch cut off a dead standing Ash tree, built using a limited selection of hand tools including a small pit saw. It took just 9 days to devise and complete, sleeping on-site
in a small tent surrounded by my tools, cooking with the heat from the woodchips I had made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tall wooden sculpture stood in a green field.
A large concave wooden square atop 4 legs stood in a tree lined field. expand
Dished. Sawn and Hewn Ash. 10/09/2 0 206 cm x 50cm by 50xm.
A large concave wooden square atop 4 legs stood in a tree lined field. expand
Dished. Sawn and Hewn Ash. 10/09/2 0 206 cm x 50cm by 50xm.
A large concave wooden square atop 4 legs stood in a tree lined feild. expand
Dished. Sawn and Hewn Ash. 10/09/2 0 206 cm x 50cm by 50xm.
A large concave wooden square atop 4 legs stood in a tree lined feild.
Dished. Sawn and Hewn Ash. 10/09/2 0 206 cm x 50cm by 50xm.
A large concave wooden square atop 4 legs stood in a tree lined feild.
Dished. work in progress. 10/09/2 0 206 cm x 50cm by 50xm.
A small painting.
Untitled. 28/03/21. Builders chalk and shellac, on white paper.
Roundabout Mound. & Quarry (dis) Quarry (dat)

Roundabout Mound

This piece, aimed to be walked around, is half chevroned roundabout and half prehistoric earthwork or mound. There are 25,000 roundabouts in the Uk and approximately 60,000 ancient burial mounds and similar forms. Maybe in another few thousand years, there will be 85,000 mounds in the UK as these similar forms are blanketed together, their original uses being overshadowed by the physical similarities. 

 

Quarry (dis) Quarry (dat)

This sculpture looks at the ease at which we as humans dig into the earth, the voids left by the stone and concrete structures we build. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Roundabout half Mound, a merging of forms, carved from Douglas Fir.
Roundabout Mound. 03/12/20 45cm x 40cm x 8xm. Douglas Fir, Oak gall stained Oak and Ash.
Half Roundabout half Mound, a merging of forms, carved from Douglas Fir.
Roundabout Mound. 03/12/20 45cm x 40cm x 8xm. Douglas Fir, Oak gall stained Oak and Ash.
Half Roundabout half Mound, a merging of forms, carved from Douglas Fir. expand
Roundabout Mound. 03/12/20 45cm x 40cm x 8xm. Douglas Fir, Oak gall stained Oak and Ash.
A carved wooden hill with a large section quarried away.
Quarry (dis) Quarry (dat) 20/11/20 Carved Douglas Fir. Approx 40cm x 20cm x 7cm.
A carved wooden hill with a large section quarried away.
Quarry (dis) Quarry (dat) 20/11/20 Carved Douglas Fir. Approx 40cm x 20cm x 7cm.
A carved wooden hill with a large section quarried away.
Quarry (dis) Quarry (dat) 20/11/20 Carved Douglas Fir. Approx 40cm x 20cm x 7cm.
A long wooden chain wrapped about the artist as it is transported through the woods.
Red and White wooden chain. 04/05/21 700cm x 7cm x 5cm. Found pine (from pallets, joists, skips) red oxide paint, brilliant white gloss paint, and galvanised steel pipe hooks. Photograph by Sophie Templeton.
Red and White Wooden chain.

A 7-meter long sculpture consisting of 37 painted wooden blocks, held together with pipe nails, a hooked fastening used to affix copper pipe to masonry. This sculpture has no fixed position, instead responding to the contours and forces of its environment, be that water or a gallery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red and White Wooden Chain drooped in a large U
Red and White wooden chain. 04/05/21 700cm x 7cm x 5cm. Found pine (from pallets, joists, skips) red oxide paint, brilliant white gloss paint, and galvanized steel pipe hooks.
Red and White Wooden Chain drooped in a shallow arc.
Red and White wooden chain. 04/05/21 700cm x 7cm x 5cm. Found pine (from pallets, joists, skips) red oxide paint, brilliant white gloss paint, and galvanized steel pipe hooks.
Medium sculptures.

These pieces are maquettes for larger sculptures, or like Cabbage Clad House, they are experiments with materials or techniques of fixing multiple parts, as is seen with the maquette for Floorboard Piece.

A large uneven tined sculpture
Cabbage clad house. 06/11/20 Cabbage, pine and Small nails.
A freshly cabbaged house.
Cabbage clad house. 06/11/20 Cabbage, pine and Small nails.
A small wooden house, clad in cabbage leaves.
Cabbage clad house. 06/11/20 Cabbage, pine and Small nails. Shown in current state (04/05/21) brittle and colourless.
Small wedge with for planks attached at the butt end extended its wedgness.
Extended Wedge. 27/09/20 Ash, Beech and 8 screws. 30.5cm x 6cm tapers from 0.8cm to 7.5cm
Two wedges dovetailed with a single crude Dovetail, one is painted red, the other, White. expand
Red and White Dovetailed Wedges
painted Maquette for Floor board piece. expand
Maquette for Floor Board piece. 05/11/20 painted pine and glue, 50cm x 20cm 10cm
Painted wooden sculpture of a plank, curved across its spine and held up by ten legs dovetailed into its underbelly.
Maquette for Floor Board piece. 05/11/20 painted pine and glue, 50cm x 20cm 10cm
close up view of the legs joining the body. expand
Maquette for a heavy sculpture. 20/02/21. Alder. 16cm x 22cm x 12cm
many legged curved mass standing like and insect or upturned boat.
Maquette for a heavy sculpture. 20/02/21. Alder. 16cm x 22cm x 12cm
Small cast lead sculpture, consisting of a small room divided many times with walls and doors. expand
All Door No Room. 07/03/21 8cm x 8cm x 5. Lead cast in wooden mould.
Light passing through four doorways that align
All Door No Room. 07/03/21 8cm x 8cm x 5. Lead cast in wooden mould.
River piece 1.

This piece is made from a section of an ash tree that once grew on the banks of the River Frome,  I cut a section of the trunk into 5 planks using a small pit saw and let them season for 7 months before beginning construction. once complete I carried the sculpture back to a convergence of two streams of the same river on whose banks it once grew. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closer view of a plank based sculpture sat on a river bank.
River piece 1. 25/03/21. Pit sawn Ash planks, 4 steel screws. 230cm x 40cm x 14.
A wooden sculpture stood on the bank of two converging rivers.
River piece 1. 25/03/21. Pit sawn Ash planks, 4 steel screws. 230cm x 40cm x 14.
Small painting.
Untitled. 19/04/21 oil on paper 30cm x 20cm.
painting of some empty bookshelves expand
Bookshelves. oil on wood, 22/04/21 15cm x 22cm
A lino cut of two framed empty forms. expand
Two Timber Constructions. 15/09/20 Lino cut printed on waste paper. Approx. 20cm x 20xm.
Floorboard piece.

A sculpture in which the dimensions of the found material dictate the form and size of the finished piece. Made from 3 found floorboards each measuring 3.2 meters long. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A planked structure with 9 legs
Canopy Comb.

This is a maquette for a large canopy-height sculpture. It is not made for humans
but for the woods, it is to exist as part of the forest, a sculpture combing the
canopy branches, having a direct impact on the tree it brushes. Over the seasons the
branches directly in contact with its tines will change shape, the leaves will fall
sooner and the sculpture will start to make its own space In the woodland
canopy. A sculpture not for humans but for leaves, birds, moss, and insects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tall wooden sculpture stood in a green field.
Canopy Comb. 17/02/21 Approx 18ocm x 30cm x 30cm. Alder.
Skills & Experience
  • Traditional hand tool Woodworking.
  • printmaking.
  • Timber Construction.