back   next  Of Knowledge of Trees of Death  © 1982 Tom Ferguson  I did the sculpture in the early 80s and used the title for my first one-artist exhibit. I had been bolting frames around paintings for awhile, playing with/emphasizing that object-ness. Bolting and enclosing something that normally needs to be accessible sort of entombs it.... the shape, when lain flat, is coffin-like to top off that notion. That the encylopedias fit so nicely was a serendipitous event... I built the "shelving" but that the number allowed 3 sections, A - Z, with no padding needed... is what I mean. Most of the materials derive from trees (books, wood) and they are temporarily held captive by the bolts & screws, diverted from the normal flow of birth, growth, degeneration, death.
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This bottom pic shows one of the bolts... there are three, one for each "shelf".
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