My 2017 piece that was accepted into the Sooke Fine Art Show. The show runs from July 29th until August 7th. Find out more information here.
The inspiration for this bench has come in part from living in the Garry Oak/Camas bio-region that is Victoria. The Oak tree here is pushed to the sidelines of the city but still it has a strong emblematic presence, their curved and gnarled branches genuflected against the sky. Shapes formed by the geology of the rocky soils, the ocean and the dry windy climate.
As a settler here in the territories of the Nuu-cha-nulth and Coast Salish people. The bench asks; does landscape and place have the potential to shape and influence those who are now settlers here in the same way it has formed the Oak tree?
‘Rest in the Shade of the Garry Oak Bench’ was hand carved and resurrected from the wood of a wind thrown Oak tree and offers a place in this busy world to pause and reflect on our relationship to place.
Materials; Salvaged Garry Oak and White Pine. Finished with Tung Oil.