Things has manifested as an ever growing collection of works, nicknamed Lignum Novis which roughly translates to unique or odd wood. Each piece, though presented in the same Cherry framed format, is a combination of exploration, adaptation, simple surprise and adoration of the characteristics of wood. Through framing, curious moments of arboreal happenstance are set apart. Whether it is painstakingly carving a rounded band out of a single block of Cherry, finding pleasing shape and design in lightning struck Poplar or simply being awed by the traces of new limb growth left encased in the grain of an old Chestnut Oak, each piece has both been found and found me.
12" W x 12" H x 2 3/4" D
Chestnut Oak, Cherry
This separated block of Chestnut Oak from the mountains of Georgia shares both the story and integrity of a budded, later broken and healed over limb, simultaneously uncovering and preserving the history of growth and healing. Bookmatched by nature of this cloven separation, we see hourglass curves as lighter sapwood and darker heartwood play across the widths of wood.
The sculpture is mounted to the artist-made Cherry frame and set off against a background of deep, matte black paint. To date, seven Things have been created by Michael; see all the series pieces below.