PHILIP SAVAGE / KINGSTON, NB
Phil Savage gained great respect for the humble seed in its awesome variety of colour, texture and shape from frequent observations as a gardener and amateur naturalist.
These protective, yet innately powerful and energetic vessels have a strong influence on his work as a wood sculptor. Drawing inspiration from the seed that is poised for transformation, Phil aims to capture the gradual variation in wood like the elements that shape the landscape in the subtle change of one season to another. A wooden object is in itself a glimpse of nature’s continual transformation; the culmination of a seed held in temporary stasis from decay into soil. By mimicking nature’s shaping process and co-operating with the unstable nature of wood, he seeks to make forms that expose loss and renewal as inseparable.