Taiga Elementals

EACH PIECE 8′ X 8′
SITKA SPRUCE
DUTHIE GALLERY, SALTSPRING ISLAND, BC

Also known as the boreal forest or snow forest, Taiga refers to a particular climatic forested zone that resides in the northern hemisphere. These expansive trees – my sitka spruce sculptures are 8ft tall-by-8ft wide – are known as Taiga Elementals, which conjure up a sort of mammalian quality, with a nod to the mythical, spiritual, and fantastical. They take on an otherworldly aspect, with plenty of character and almost an anthropomorphic quality. I feel particularly attached to old trees – trees that, quite frankly, many generations of my family have passed before they even became tall. The sheer gravity that pulls on them and the molten-like sculpture at the bottom, that in this case I’ve stained black, is simply mind-blowing.

Too large and knotted for commercial mills, this Stika Spruce was slated as no value and cleared for a commercial development in Squamish, B.C.

Cut entirely by chainsaw and axe

The outside of the wood was case hardened, while the interior was rotten. The shells were carved by hand, block by block, this is in the process of removing the interior.

Arriving by crane truck at the studio.

The interior and exterior were scorched and finished black for a dramatic effect.

On temporary exhibition at Duthie Gallery, Saltspring Island B.C., 2013

On temporary exhibition at Duthie Gallery, Saltspring Island B.C., 2013