I love the experience of walking in the forests near my home, never sure of what lies in the shadows in the distance or the dark spaces between the trees. I’ve often wondered if the mystery suggested in these dark spaces and unknown depths is a significant part of what draws us to the natural world.
For a long time I had wanted to create objects that would tell the story of this experience, but did not know where to start. Then one night, I was sitting in a darkened room absorbed by the way in which flames from my fireplace illuminated the loosely stacked kindling beside the hearth. The ends of each stick of kindling glowed in the light while the spaces between the sticks remained dark and seemingly impenetrable. I realized that these shadowy patterns of light and dark shifting within this bundle of sticks were the essence of this story I had wanted to tell.
The depth of the open space which encircles each stick provides a stark contrast. My wish is for you to peer into the piece past the surface and imagine yourself walking in a rainforest. The Alder Disc represents revitalization, as every stick and branch from the alder trees are carefully carved and bundled together to form something new and intriguing. By drawing attention to the spaces between the alder, as well as the varying colours of the wood itself, the disc acknowledges the shifting experience of the forest.