‘One and Tree Chairs’ is an ode to the complexities of being present in the moment and is a concept that has grown from a walk in a woodland and the rejuvenating experience that the rhythms of walking in Nature gives me.
Researching trees and their place in our cultural heritage in Scotland as well as in The Gambia will enable me to further my understanding of my relationship with trees. Continuing with my themes around well-being and environment, I anticipate that my work will continue to have a sculptural and visual outcome. At a spiritual level, trees enable us to become aware of our connections to self and I aim to examine the role that memory has with these processes and to use my blog as an online sketchbook for my ideas.
‘One and Tree Chairs’ will be an exploration of my own thoughts and responses to trees and I will investigate various techniques used in joinery and green woodworking to join one piece of wood to another as well as determining which woods it will be possible to utilise.
Looking at patterns, textures, forms and layers within the woodland, I will study habitats in and around native, deciduous trees. I will develop a dialogue between leaf and branch, the art of listening, seeing and of being still. The organic forms that usually arise from my investigations will respond to specific sites and I will use the symbolism and folklore associated with the trees to explore the less obvious routes to self-discovery that will inform my work.