Title: Feather 11,888
Artist: Miriam Carpenter, US
Materials: Hand-carved White Oak. Burnished with graphite powder
Dimensions: 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 4 in.
Object ID Number: 2016FFMC02
Object Number: 2016FFMC02
Notes: For the past four years I have been working on an evolving series of delicately carved wooden feathers. The feather gives form to an experiment which is to find the potential within the cellular structure of various species. Species with a ray composition which is essentially homocellular, with porous early wood, tight growth rings, and medullary rays that are slightly denser than that of the late wood, provide the type of structure I have found to be most resilient. The dense medullary rays project radially from the pith center to the outer bark through the vertical rings, offering an ability to shape incredibly thin undulating forms that expose the delicate pores. Through this study, I allow myself to pour out love with such intensity that what I create becomes embodied with a life that is viscerally connected to me. The feather symbolizes that which is ethereal - the soul, contemplation - is deeply complex within the framework of a simple form, and is a testament to the resilience of nature. To me, it represents a story of life and death, and the evolution of our planet.