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Using traditional woodworking tools and techniques, this project looks to diversity in colour, pattern and texture among local wood species, as well as felled urban trees, to reveal a portrait or image of a tree’s inner life. The passage of time in a tree’s life is marked by annual growth rings, knots and signs of struggle against disease. I create and arrange repetitive grain patterns to highlight vulnerable moments in a tree’s life and explore the tension between the permanence of our emotional scars and the changing nature of loss and memory over time. I am interested in the sentimentality and naïvety of loss, and the impossibility of a return to halcyon days.
Scientific research tells us that looking at a piece of wood has measurable physiological and psychological health benefits: it lowers heart rate, blood pressure and our body’s natural response to stress, as well as elicits emotions that can alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Source: Wood: Nature Inspired Design; An update of the Wood – Housing, Health, Humanity Report, Planet Ark, 2015.