For the past year my work has explored human sentiments towards wonder and the natural world. From the outset of humanity, nature has served as the goad to inquiry, the catalyst for wonder. It provides us with stimulation necessary to investigate, explore, and define our world.
I find that so much of my work comes down to creating illusion. With drawing, it is the illusion of depth and volume on a completely flat surface. With sculpture, it is creating a credible texture in a difficult material. Making a block of cold, hard marble express life and warmth or, as in Stumped, creating a wood texture in hard granite.
Living in the woods, I am surrounded by tree trunks: their roots deep in the earth, their crowns reaching up into the sky. The multitude of vertical lines the trees make – especially in winter – inspired me. From elm and ash trees I carved long oars which, over time, changed into spoons or pendulums.
Alisha Laramee is a writer whose work focuses on the multiple and complex ways that landscapes, cultures, and people produce one another. She has written extensively of her own travels and those of others both like and unlike her. Migration – forced, voluntary, return, renewed – is of special importance to her work.