Brushwood structures + installations



Works and collaborations that make use of sticks and branches; the by-products of tree cultivation projects. Using brushwood from pollarding, coppicing and pruning trees; constructions and installations are built contingent on the fragile structural properties of narrow stems and the primitive woodworking processes by which they are  made. Structures are whittled to reveal light under-bark, measured in feet and inches. Often these works are linear totems that in some way reference disappearing forests and forest culture.





Installation view: detail from left to right of ‘Holt’Prop and ‘Prop I’ at Parliament of Trees. Prop is constructed from willow (Salix caprea) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). Holt and Prop I are constucted from willow (Salix caprea). ‘Black and white’ sections are measured in feet.





Installation view: detail of Prop (left) and ‘Prop I’ (rigth) at Parliament of Trees. Prop is constructed from willow (Salix caprea) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). Prop I is constucted from willow (Salix caprea).
‘Black and white’ sections are measured in feet.




Installation view: detail of ‘Prop I’ at Parliament of Trees. Constucted from willow (Salix caprea), sections are drilled and jointed with a willow ‘wand’.




Installation view: detail of Cipher XXX at Parliament of Trees. Constructed from willow (Salix caprea) and wild plum (Prunus spp). The willow stem is drilled 1mm and suspended from plum thorn.






Installation view: detail of Tiding V’ at Parliament of Trees. Constructed from wild plum (prunus spp.) and ash (Fraxinus exclesior). Plum stem has bark removed from thorns and rests on ash baton. Black bud of ash forms an ‘eye’.




Experiments in suspending willow pole, with birch ‘geiger’, over ply board with black and white drawings.









Studio Catherine Dee: Installation view ‘Borderland’: Bramble, Wild Plum, Elder, Birch, Beech.



CIPHER XL. 2017. Willow wood. Wild Plumwood. H 59cm









CIPHER XL. 2017. Willow wood. Box wood. H 62cm







AS ABOVE II. 2017. Applewood. Wild Plumwood. H 60cm



AS ABOVE II. (Detail). 2017. Applewood. Wild Plumwood. H 60cm



AS ABOVE II. (Detail) 2017. Applewood. Wild Plumwood. H 60cm







8-FOLD II. 2017. Sallowwood. H 70cm Installation at TALKEX 17. April 2017.







8-FOLD I + LINE 2017. Sallowwood. H 80cm Installation at TALKEX 17. April 2017.







AS ABOVE IV. 2017. Sallowwood. H 100cm Installation at TALKEX 17. April 2017.







8-FOLD. 2017. Sallowwood. H 70cm



8-FOLD. (Detail) 2017. Sallowwood. H 70cm



8-FOLD. (Detail). 2017. Sallowwood. H 70cm








AS ABOVE (Cipher) 2017. Applewood. H 50cm.







NORTH WIND (Cipher XIII) 2017. Baywood. H 12cm.







NORTH WIND (Cipher XIII) Detail. 2017. Baywood. H 12cm.






FIELD BOUNDARY (Cipher XIX) 2017. Baywood. H 40cm.



FIELD BOUNDARY (Cipher XIX) Detail. 2017. Baywood. H 40cm.



2016




CIPHER I 2016. Beechwood. H 42cm.







CIPHER II 2016 Beechwood. H 104cm.



CIPHER II Detail 2016 Beechwood. H 104cm.







LAST TREE STANDING 2016 Poplarwood. H 184cm.





BLOOD OF OUR FATHERS 2016 Applewood. H 49cm.




CIPHER III 2016 Applewood. H 20cm.





CIPHER III (detail) 2016 Applewood. H 20cm.





KELOHONTA 2016 Applewood. H 44cm