Wood Work

We use wood for nearly everything – to build our homes and our furniture, to keep us warm in winter and on cold nights around the campfire. We use it to make paper, grape stakes, fences, matchsticks, grocery bags, cardboard…and the list goes on. Yet, wood can also give us insight into a past that stretches far beyond our own histories. Each piece of wood tells a story, recording time and events in the form of scars, weathering and growth. The marks and rings of the Hunting Stump, a nearly 3000 year old, giant sequoia chronicle drought, fire, earthquakes, pestilence, and conclusively, human penetration in the form of a logging operation aimed at the manufacturing of grape stakes and matchsticks. The cross-section of Douglas Fir, depicted in Portrait of a Survivor, relays a saga of human contact through its bark peel scars, bullet hole wound, and finally its death as a victim of a fire-thinning project. The stumps of the Bear Springs timber sale tell their own story, as does the wood used for fire in the Gila Wilderness – the latter, speaking through its incarnation as a charcoal drawing. This work is an attempt to recognize the vital, utilitarian role wood plays in our existence, while at the same time, paying homage to the lives and stories of these trees.

Homage to Converse Basin, 2009
Charcoal on grape stakes
84″ x 180″
Homage to Converse, detail
2749 Years for Matchsticks, 2008
graphite on matchbooks
5.5″ x 182″ x .75″
2749 Years for Matchbooks
detail 1
2749 Years for Matchbooks
detail 2
Hunting Stump Grape Stake, 2008
Installation Shot
(photograph by Matthew Marston)
Hunting Stump Fraiser Mill (radius), 2006
charcoal on redwood
10″ x 90″
Grape Stake – Hunter Lumber (Merchantable), 2006
charcoal on redwood
10″ x 90″
Ghost of Bear Springs I, 2008
graphite rubbing on paper
41″ x 36″
Ghost of Bear Springs Timber Sale II, 2008
graphite rubbing on paper
Firewood Gila Wilderness, October 2006-2008
charcoal on paper with charcoal from firepit
116″ x 42″
Firewood, 2008
Still shot of video projection
23 minute video
Lumber Artists Book, 2006
Handmade Artists Book
116″ x 24″ x .75″ when open
Lumber Artists book cover and page
Portrait of a Survivor (1808-2000), 2007
oil on plywood
31″ x 32.5″ x 3″