Charred and Polished, 2023
Apple tree trunk, glass 80 x 30 x 30 cm
The gnarled and twisted trunk of an apple tree and branch has been preserved using the Shou Sugi Ban method and then paired with glass. Sections of wood were removed and replicas in cast glass have been reinserted. The piece celebrates diversity and resilience, symbolizing the challenges and struggles of self-discovery and the search for identity. The installation invites viewers to reflect on their own life journeys and the importance of embracing change and finding beauty in unexpected places.
The installation invites viewers to reflect on their own life journeys and the importance of embracing change finding beauty in unexpected places and not being deceived by the concept of “greener grass”.
The work consists of a metal reimagining of the tree trunk, like the image we present to society, hollow, barely recognisable. The blackened tree trunk imperfect, precariously leans against gravity weighted by its metal counterpart. Working in harmony, one side represents the face we present to the world, somewhat incomplete, the other "true self" resting uneasily.