My practice is about visual transformation and the role I have as a craftsman in achieving it.
I mainly work with wood: carving, charring, bleaching or casting to create objects that are visually intriguing or interesting. Contrasts are important: charring gives the wood a denser, deeper texture beyond its basic colour and contrasts well with the metal which I cast into the wood as well as the colour of the wood itself.
I use untreated wood which isn't kiln dried so every piece reacts differently. It may show evidence of decay or infestation and can crack or split while I am working with it. It is important to be flexible and sympathetic towards the material when adapting the original idea to these challenges. The random element is important – it as an opportunity to learn from the material and be surprised at the result. There are no defined meanings or concepts behind my work but I want the viewer to engage in an act of contemplation when looking at it. Many cultures around the world treat silence and reflection as important and it is something I believe is missing in a lot of people’s lives. Words and text are unnecessary if we can empathise with what we can see.