Sculpture: Bark and Shou Sugi Ban
These hollow bark rounds, mostly birch, are the outer layers of trees. These skins are all that remains of a once vibrant being.
Here they lie atop of tree cores morphed into lumber and then charred.
The term “Shou-Sugi-Ban” is Japanese and literally translates to “burnt cedar board.”
Employed to preserve lumber, the practice of charring Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
has been commonplace in Japan since at least the 1700s, and likely earlier.
I have chosen this wood treatment
for the beauty of the surfaces it creates and for the response it evokes in me.