For several years I have worked with recycled materials, as a means of conserving resources, but especially to incorporate the histories – in patina and period – of disparate materials and furniture styles into the narrative of the new piece. In conversation with Louise Nevelson’s spiritual rebirth of repurposed objects, John Ruskin’s ideas about use of local materials, and Theodore Adorno’s “re-enchantment of the world through aesthetic experience”, my work reflects the history of place and the reanimation of discourse through used parts. As with any complex psychology, the different materials coalesce, even as they communicate the tension of disparate experiences.
I have worked with found objects and wood since childhood and find it hard to resist. The drive may have to do with a wish to communicate visually, a desire to preserve the beauty in carefully crafted but discarded objects, or perhaps simply from the reaffirming smell of freshly cut wood.