Oliver Chalk (Found.Wood)
Fibre: structure and surface 2022
Linear expression 2022
Surface, edge shadow 2022
On leaving school at sixteen, Oliver enrolled into an art and design institution in the south east of England; The University of the Creative Arts. This course opened his eyes to the endless avenues available through process, something that would later define his entire outlook towards his ethos and workflow. During his time at UCA Oliver began to develop and fully understand the extent to which he was prepared to go in order to fulfil his need to use art as a medium to express himself.
Until the start of 2020 Oliver had been exploring the realms of possibilities within large scale fabric installations, mainly working within the events industry; fabricating beautifully crafted decorative shade systems under the guise of Floating Bush Collective. He designed, fabricated, dyed and sewed thousands of pieces together in order to give birth to his vision; all aspects being applied through trial and error. Understanding the medium intimately after a decade of work, Oliver has become well known in this field gaining many accolades for his dedication to process.
Through FBC Oliver further discovered his love of textures, negative space and composition. He consistently developed his skill set and vision throughout this period as a forward thinking and opportune artist. Having always heavily invested in his curiosity for knowledge, new materials and processes, he has found himself exploring the shapes, colours and textures of native hardwoods in Kent; Oliver has now found wood.
Staying true to form Oliver dived into the deep end, having only used a lathe once during DT lessons at school; there was a lot to learn. Intoxicated by the amount of knowledge required to work safely and diligently on a lathe, he set to work spending every waking hour of the day researching all he could to understand, evaluate and find his own voice within the medium.
This is the story and birth of the Found.Wood project.'
‘A new body of work exploring the relationship between form, surface and maker within the parameters of wood. Communicating through the process of creating textured forms; imparting my mark through gouging hundreds, if not thousands of seemingly arbitrary fissures by hand is a profoundly personal journey. Time, physicality of process and focus all married harmoniously into moments of mindfulness. This gathering of vessels is the apotheosis of my stolen curiosity.’
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