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"Creating art as a practice to experience a sacred relationship with the natural world and the human spirit is the core theme and continuous exploration in my work as an artist"
Finding the poetry in trees, working with wood and creating sculptures has been a long romance in my life. As a child walking through the forests and rolling hills of Palatinate, in Southwestern Germany, I fell in love with trees early as a child. As a teenager I hiked for days among the trees and entered their enchantment. There in the midst of mother nature, I realized that the trees that were the most beautiful were the ones that were not perfectly shaped – on the contrary, it was the ones that were askew, twisted, or gnarled that held the most magic.
I always felt passionate about being in nature, around trees and in touch with natural materials. From this passion came an urge to express myself artistically, using the pieces I found lying on the ground during my excursions. Later, when I was formally trained in woodwork and carpentry, better techniques and different materials came in to support my artistic expression, but the basic idea and inspiration came in those early days during my walks in nature.
Within my family is a rich tradition of craftsmen and artists: from blacksmiths and carpenters to leather artists, many different crafts are represented throughout the generations. I am guided from this tradition and I love working with tools, especially hand tools like chisel, hammer and sandpaper. Slowing down the process and the enjoying the physicality of the work is key. Trees have been around much longer than us – making their timelessness visible thru sculpting is an ongoing exploration in my artistic process.
My artwork emerges from a conversation, a poetic exchange that happens while I listen to the language of stillness that emanates from the soul of trees and nature itself. Creating art as a practice to experience a sacred relationship with the natural world and the human spirit is the core theme and continuous exploration in my work as an artist.
© anja freese-binder 2013