The Earth is a  Slice Cut from a Tree

A poem

A stool is not only a stool, it is a sculpture. A work of performative art that is only complete when used by a person or animal. The stool invites us to sit, to rest, become one and connect to earth. Its wood, flesh from the tree, becomes warm when touched by the body.

Sit on it, feel the deep layers of the wood, its inner secrets.

A whisper goes from body to body and tells stories from the earth.

Write down, my body!

 

In the woods we get to know each other and get lost.

We cherish it. Call it art. Call it living.

 

Use your hands to see.

Stand on three legs,

The odd one is your best.

 

 

ABOUT MY WORK

In my work I move fluently between sculpture, photography, applied arts and the design of stools.

I work with the means of performative, constructive wood sculpture and photography - whereby these complement each other in part. The sculptures and STŌL sculptures are always part of a performance/life and photography is documenting and transforming this. My main topics are sculptural furniture and the trans*forming body and the Shoa.

 

Anyone who harnesses the creative spirit within is an artist. But the goal is to make life itself an art.

Henry Miller

 

The Hand

I work the wood exclusively by hand. Because of the use of hand tools I am close to the wood. This gives my body the opportunity to participate in the shaping process and the surface design. The body communicates with the wood. The body inscribes itself into the wood. Vojtěch Volavka calls this process sculptural handwriting. This is how unique pieces are created. Pieces that are mor like individuals who get involved with their counterpart.

 

It has been proven that the interaction of hand and brain increases the ability to think, yet there is hardly anyone who writes anything by hand. I, for example, still write by hand, because otherwise I cannot recognize my music [...] Handwriting has disappeared from everyday life. It's a pity, because little else says so much about a person and leaves behind traces of contemporary witness.

Olga Neuwirth

 

Creating art is seen as the execution of a life-risk, where the quality of the result is not predetermined, but depends on the judgement, skill and care that the producer/artist uses in his/her work. The aim is to use the creative spirit within oneself and to make life itself an art. The results of this process can materialize in the form of objects that are made accessible for use and thus flow into the cycle of life.

 

The Tree

Trees share the earth with us. Without them we are not. People and trees: a community of individuals.
Their wood is a living organism, which is connected with its environment. More body than material. That is why I speak from body to body when working with wood - from my body to the body of the tree. The finished sculpture in turn speaks to the bodies of those who use it.
The tree should live on in its wood. The sculpture should be part of a cycle that we call life.