I’m interested in the human connection to timber, and how it is valued for its aesthetic properties.
The woodcut block is conventionally carved with chisels, knives and gouges, but my blocks are created through fire and abrasion, which allows me to capture the unique patterns within the timber in my prints.
The growth of organisms is determined by certain laws of nature. The way a tree grows and the way its timber is formed is directly influenced by these laws and factors such as climate, rainfall and soil properties. The printed impressions created by the woodblock matrix allude to this natural order.
I am interested in how the woodgrain can be read as a type of language. In my work, I allow the natural properties of the grain to inform the image where it becomes removed and abstracted from its matrix with colours and layers. Yet, as an ancient language, it gives decipherable clues to its origin and a wealth of visual metaphors.
R. M. Doecke
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