More than 40 years have passed since my initial search. I was thinking then in traditional painter’s terms, of the surface as a flat or two-dimensional plane. The volumes I had in mind, I saw as comprised of planar surfaces. I had missed the distinction between a “plane surface,” which is flat by definition, and a just plain surface. The latter contains thickness, and with that, both additive and subtractive possibility that I now delight in.
The pieces represented here have been worked much as I would approach a series of drawings. Basswood is neutral in appearance, allowing my own marks to dominate its surface. Each panel has been approached using an x-acto knife and a u-gauge. They were carved in relative silence so that I could hear music playing in the background. I needed no heavy machinery, as the wood was even-grained and soft enough to cut into by hand without so much as a mallet. Each variation started from a sketch in the form of a maquette, but once begun took on a life of its own. I was able to respond by hand to what was going on in the piece with no intermediary, like a grinder or some other noisy piece of equipment. In all but one, I chose to omit color, accentuating areas with graphite instead.
My inspiration came from walks along the Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia. Each variation repeats the same vocabulary of vines and leaves, pods, opened areas and raised surfaces, yet each expresses a different attitude. Titles came only after a piece was completed, in response to what I saw there. No doubt these will continue as an open series. The seasons change and new elements appear.
All At Once
27″ x 32″ x 5″
16″ x 19″ x 4″
22″ x 21″ x 5″
31″ x 18″ x 5″
18″H x 19″W x 17″D
24″ x 19″ x 17″
72″ x 16″ x 6″
38” x 96 “x 15”, area
Love these pieces, especially ‘Returning’ as it seems to reflect something in my new novel just about to appear, The Porcupine’s Dilemma. But I’m in England and you are in the States, so I shall content myself with the picture.
love the titles of these intriguing pieces! Something light-hearted in this work — agree that the text is fascinating and will peruse your website — wish I had a big blank wall on which to display one of these! but how would you choose????
keep on keeping on!
I was very glad to see Kathran Siegel featured in this magazine. It was wonderful to learn so much about her approach to the pieces. I have seen her work in wood over the years, and each new phase in subject matter, form, and function has been phenomenal. I recommend that people who are new to her art take a look at her website.
The entire profile of your work, how it has come to be is over the top. Absolutely exquisite.
You are growing so fast within the last couple years. I hope the audience you wish to reach will want to own your work.