Having tied up the ‘loose ends’ of my Green Man project (though it still lurks!) it seems a natural progression to move onto using other ancient forms as inspiration for my next work. Though we’ll never really know what was in the minds of the people who carved the gargoyles and grotesques found on many old churches (though there are many theories put out there), on a recent visit to the churches of St. Wulfrum’s in Grantham, and St Cuthbert’s in Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire, I was struck by just how many of the characters seemed to be shouting. What at? Why? It doesn’t matter, shouting at the world is ever-present. #SATW
Having first attached the Green Man image to a piece of green netting, I wrapped it around a tree in Canklow Woods (ancient woodland) at Boston Castle in Rotherham.
Two sides completed in the wood carving project – the block is a 75mm cube of limewood and has been carved with a mixture of hand tools and power tools. It is still a bit rough but getting there.
Wood Doodling – all carving finished, sanded, stained (rosewood) and varnished. Placed “in situ” on a background made from varying shades of denim.
I’m currently working on two projects: standing structures made of words and some wood carving.
The standing structures, made from cardboard, spell out the words Statistics Manipulate Truths – my reaction to the relentless (and futile) insistence that statistics and data are going to have a huge impact upon the education of young children. Building relationships and a genuine desire to fully understand every individual is what will make the difference…
The wood carvings are based around patterns and shapes found in nature. The theme is “Fishy Tales” and the intention is to have appropriate story starters etched on the back.