I’m starting to wonder if I’m obsessed with tree trunks and why that might be? Sure, I love everything Wabi-Sabi: the colours, subtle tones, textures, naturally occurring patterns… all making the work unique and impossible to reproduce (easily). But, why all these gnarly stumps? There was a time that I thought I was looking for faces in the knots and shadows of the wood, but it’s more than that now. Perhaps, it’s just the textures that I continue to try to emulate in my ceramics and now in the naturally inspired assemblages I make.
The original framing of this one was more centralized. It felt wrong. I liked the mountainous feel of the root to the left but didn’t like the macro view of it. As I approached the shadow in the new center of this shot, it started to feel calm and tense at the same time. That seems to be the sweet spot for me. When I feel both calm and tension.
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