Working Prints

I use dense and bulky logs to create sculptural tools and engaged in absurd attempts to create prints with them. These heavy logs are salvaged remnants of tree-clearing operations that I strip of bark, to which I add makeshift metal handles fabricated from steel rebar. Here a log, once part of a living organism, lays flayed and dejected. Stripped of its bark, it ceases to exist as it once did, a symbol of strength and resilience, and becomes a grotesque and vulnerable extremity. It recalls a severed human limb. The violence done serves to humanize and diminish the vast power of the human view of Nature, laying that ideal low, to be held in our balance. The point of balance on which the stripped log lies is the human equivalent of strength: concrete.