applewood, 2016

Wood (apple), toothpicks, metal components.

Photo Credits: Mark Prier

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applewood emerged from an exploration of wood typically seen as cast-off—in this case, pruned apple branches from an orchard, and low-cost toothpicks. I was interested in trying to make these oft-discarded materials seem uncanny or nearly unrecognizable in a new configuration.

The way the toothpicks stick out from the branches appears to me akin to a strange growth or parasite that has pushed forth from the wood, seeming more natural than the combination really should appear. Even though there is nothing ‘natural’ about the way the sculpture has been put together (it truly was ‘manufactured,’ especially the toothpicks and the metal components), applewood seems to insist upon coming across to me as ‘natural.’

Supported by the Ontario Arts Council