The main material I am working with is wood & spirituality. There are several reason explained below why wood is so important and why does it play a huge role in the art.
At the moment I am researching why trees and forests are important for deep psychological reasons. In returning to the forest, we are returning to the womb not in psychological terms but in cosmological terms. We are entering communion with life at large. The existence of the forests is so important because they enable us to return to the source of our origin. They provide for us a niche in which our communion with all life can happen.
The unstructured environments which we need for our sanity and for our mental health, as well as for the moments of silent brooding without which we cannot truly reach our deeper selves, should not be limited to forests only. Rugged mountains and wilderness areas provide the same nexus for being at one with the glory of the elemental forces of life. Wilderness areas are life giving in a fundamental sense, nourishing the core of our being. This core of our being is sometimes called the soul.
Life in us wants to be enhanced and nourished. Hence we want to be in the company of forms that breathe life. It is therefore, very important to dwell in surroundings in which there are forms that can breathe: mountains, wooden beams, totems, seaside, wooden paintings and many more.
However, to keep that circulation of wooden materials in an organic way, my art is very often made out of found wooden elements that later I try to bring to its new state of life.
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