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Andrew Potocnik | Looking Within

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Andrew Potocnik | Looking Within
All items are original, and signed by the artist(s).
Andrew Potocnik
Macleod, Victoria, Australia

Looking Within, 2016
Recycled Douglas fir, jarrah
4 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches | 10.16 x 8.89 x 8.89 cm

A spherical container which has been sandblasted with a viewing hole to see a surprise inside.

Made of recycled construction-grade Douglas fir, this sphere was sandblasted to expose the hard winter growth rings that form the skeleton of the wood, creating windows through which one can catch a glimpse of the box’s contents: a small jarrah sculpture. The void in the side is the result of a construction nail embedded in the wood, which slowly interacted with tannins to blacken and soften surrounding material.
Second time ‘round, this discarded construction post certainly has seen a second life.

About the Artist:
"Ever since childhood, whenever I wanted, or needed, to make something, I found wood to be the first material I turned to. It wasn’t always the best choice, but it was a material I felt comfortable with, and one that I could convert into whatever I needed. In high school, I met a teacher who encouraged creative use of wood, setting convention aside in order to encourage aspects that were radical at that time. He encouraged me to salvage and recycle wood, and even worse, he taught me to appreciate wood for its colour, smell, feel, grain and any other intrinsic quality it may have.

With an introduction like this, where else could I go, but continue to explore all those wonderful qualities every piece of wood conceals, just needing a sympathetic cut to expose it to those who see it as nothing more than a renewable resource, ready to be exploited, rather than appreciated!

Now, I gain enormous enjoyment from seeing how people from other cultures explore their wood, how they expose and celebrate its beauty, and how it’s integrated into their culture and general existence.

As an artist, I continually find inspiration to explore new directions in creating objects from wood. As a teacher, I try to pass information on to my students, hoping that they too will be inspired to explore wood. Celebrating it as a living material that grows around us, as a material that can give voice to ideas conjured in our minds, as a material that says something about our culture and world."

Learn more: https://www.andrewpotocnik.com