There is nothing quite like
the feeling of calm that envelopes one
when out gathering
I love returning from a walk
laden with bouquets of drift wood
I'm drawn to driftwood colours
soft greys, warm woodiness, sun bleached naturals.
Wood, tossed about in the sea
the edges rubbed smooth by sand and water.
North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty create's freeform sculptures woven together out of branches. See website here.
As a boy, Patrick Dougherty gathered twigs. He began "drawing" with sticks and later he used saplings and tree cuttings found along hydro lines to create his magnificent sculptures.
Patrick Dougherty gathering branches. Website here.
"It seems like humans have to continuously struggle with ideas about nature and redefining our relationship with the natural world. Domesticated gardens versus the wilderness are part of a worldwide discussion and part of my (our) inner conflict. Certainly gardens are a kind of rendition of the unfettered wilds. Shrubs, trees, flowers and grass become commodities and are forced into human geometry. I try to free the surfaces of my work using sticks as a drawing material, work them in such a way they look like they are escaping those chains of being planted in a row. I imagine that the wilderness lurks inside my forms and that it is an irrepressible urge." - Patrick Dougherty
I enjoyed John Grande's interview with Patrick.
Large scale temporary sculptures from materials gathered in the nearby landscape by Patrick Dougherty
"It seems that people like gardens and grass, but they desperately desire a connection to wilderness" - Patrick Dougherty
"Tree Fall" by Andy Goldsworthy. The ceiling and suspended tree branch have been covered in clay. Goldsworthy has succeeded in creating a "Hobbit hole". Read about this new installation here.
Andy Goldsworthy with his installation, Tree Fall
"I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools -- a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn." - Andy Goldsworthy
Islamic/Meso America by Loren Eiferman. Website here
"The wood, for me, is now a line in space created by hundreds of smaller pieces of wood jointed together to create one sculpture. To create my work, I usually begin with a drawing, an intention of what direction I want my sculpture to go in. I start out each day with a walk in the woods and gather sticks that have fallen to the ground." - Loren Eiferman
Loren Eiferman. Website here
Roger Ackling "draws" on found wood with a ray of sunlight through a magnifying glass.
I know! Amazing!
Found wood assemblage by Roger Ackling. See more here.
Assemblage by Roger Ackling
Flying machine by Wim Del Arte. Blog here.
Wim Del Arte spends many a day out walking along the banks of La Palma, gathering drift wood and found objects. He then creates the most amazing array of art with his lucky finds. The flying machine is assembled from driftwood, aluminium, copper, rusted metal, bits of twisted plastic and spark plugs found on the beach of Tazacourt.
"Collectors are happy people" - Goethe