Nothing Left to Make, 2013
Some time in 2008 I decided to teach myself to carve – well, more accurately to whittle – after inheriting some edge tools, buying some knives and using raw material cut from the small woodland behind my home in South East London.
It seemed right for the time to use an obdurate material such as wood, as its biological processes at the cellular level—growing, breathing, decaying—are universal metaphors for human existence. Big theme, small works!
The nature of wood in handling it, working it, persuading it by force into your desired form, felt comfortingly elemental at the time and still does. Pick up a stick and whittle it into something. In the lexicon of human creativity, it’s pretty basic, stripped back, and I like that. This piece from 2013, Nothing Left to Make, is my favourite continuously carved (Lime wood) chain.
If it’s a question, and I’m not saying that it is, why not ask it in the form of an object?