Synecdoche Trees

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The woodland dreamscapes are discovered in the veneer after long periods staring at the swirling grain and tones of the wood. Following lines in the grain, the background is painted out in dark oils, revealing the shape of surreal trees, an imagined echo of the veneer’s original form. The result is then photographed and printed in black and white.
For me this practice is reminiscent of laying in bed as a child, with the dim orange light of a suburban nighttime seeping through the curtains, transfixed by the landscapes, figures and faces hidden in the 1930’s burr walnut wardrobe at my grandparents house.