Philip Savage

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From frequent observations as a gardener and amateur naturalist, I have gained great respect for the humble seed in its awesome variety of colour, texture and shape. These protective, yet innately powerful and energetic vessels have a strong influence on my work as a wood sculptor. The seed is a form poised for transformation and it is this that I am interested in capturing in wood. Not swift, instantaneous transformation, but shaping that has occurred gradually, like the way the elements shape the landscape or the subtle change of one season to another. A wooden object is in itself a glimpse of nature’s continual transformation; the culmination of a seed held in temporary stasis from decay into soil. By mimicking nature’s shaping process and co-operating with the unstable nature of wood I seek to make forms that expose loss and renewal as inseparable.

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