Proud Stance

Proud Stance

Proud Stance

51 x 9 x 13 inches
Burled Maple / Oak
Available for Sale

Proud Stance, a stoic column of burled maple supports a double basin. The smooth exterior of the distinctive burl is dramatically contrasted with an exposed crevice damaged by a force of nature, the beetle. The splendid raw interiors created by beetle borers carve capillary textures through the core, pathways for energy and water to flow. Like the tree-of-life, this column draws water from the roots to the basin. The precipitous edges outline a proud water carrier figure.

It was the  dramatic damaged section of this maple tree that inspired this sculpture. Chain saw and power tools shaped the outer form. Three edges have been planed and squared to accentuate the contrasting raw beauty of the burl versus the beetle action. Copper paint illuminates the natural decomposing forces of the raw interior. Lathe-turned maple basins are stacked at the apex. The cap attaches the basins to the column, which is bolted to the oak base.

Proud Stance is a study of natural contrasts—smooth/rough, intentional/unintentional, the beauty of the burl/the beauty of the beetle’s deconstruction. The intrinsic spirit of this piece suggests an object ancient and ritualistic.

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