|Project by junipercanyon||posted 06-16-2014 10:55 PM||1304 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Whats in a name? When naming an art piece, it is just a word or two that the artist uses to convey the purpose or message or symbolism behind all the effort they have put into their work. It is the creative soul of the project. I have been struggling to name this piece for quite some time now. I know inside what I want this piece to represent, I just haven’t been able to sum it up in a name. I have been procrastinating posting this publicly for months, I have logged on many times to do so but always get hung up with the curser blinking in the empty Title Box….but I am getting impatient with myself and decided today is the day…I’ll upload the pictures, and start typing,....lets see what happens.
This project started in 2011, my dad had been clear cutting juniper trees for a range management water shed project for several months, and one day as he was sawing through acres of trees, something about this twisted limb caught his attention. He didn’t know at the time what I might do with this piece of wood, but he thought I would probably like it so he took an extra minute to cut it off and pack it home for me. Well,...I did like it,...a lot. I didn’t know what I would do with it at the time, but something about it felt like it would be an important project for me. It didn’t take me long to strip off the bark and started sanding, but I struggled to decide what kind of project to shape this into. So I just kept sanding….and sanding,...and sanding some more, waiting for whatever it is inside that takes over and shows me what to do next. For 3 years this piece transitioned out of the dusty corners of my shop and onto the workbench, sometimes with nothing more than a wipe down with a rag and a thoughtful look over before returning it back to the forgotten corners as I worked on other projects….and then it happened. I don’t know what it was, but something happened because here it is finally finished!!....I think it must have came together in my minds eye when I randomly chose to pull the piece of wood that I used to form the base out of my wood pile,....I must have set it up on the bench and thought to myself, hmmm, I wonder if I did this…..(see pictures below)
Well, I didn’t do that, but I spent a lot of time trying, several days in fact trying to sculpt the two limbs together…But it just wasn’t right. It was too awkward and didn’t tell whatever story it was that I had inside…I almost scrapped the base piece of wood and put the limb back on the shelf, but then it came to me…..Finally, the vision of the finished project jumped into existence, and I was in for a test of my abilities.
I sculpted the base to be interpreted as flowing water, and added a lot of copper and turquoise inlays. The twisted limb represents a horses leg stepping through the stream, again using copper and turquoise inlays to look like horse shoe nails. An important theme that can’t be seen is that I wanted the piece to represent a sense of freedom even in its construction, so it is only held together with magnets. There are tiny rare earth magnets inlayed in the base that hold it down to the scrap piece of steel, and magnets inlayed in the limbs to hold the “leg” in place. No screws, nails, or glue. Just the forces of creativity and nature. I also wanted the piece to also tell a story, and to hopefully inspire a uniqe interpretation from everyone who appreciates it. There is a purpose and conversation that can be had if a persons attention can be focused enough to consider the things in this world from the viewpoints of others,...my dad didn’t know what this limb might mean to me when he cut it, it certainly wasn’t anything he wanted for himself, but he considered it as something I would appreciate and brought it home for me….
hmmmm….maybe thats it, yep, I think I will name this piece,.....”Perception” June 16, 2014.
Pictures by Darby Wickersheim, thank you!
-- Juniper Canyon Design