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apostrophe spoon 1

 

material:

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn / european buckthorn)

 

method:

carved with 4 hand tools: a pull-saw, a hatchet, a mora 106 sloyd knife & a mora 164 hook knife.

no electricity.

no sanding.

no oiling.

raw wood sharp knife finish.

 

2018

 
 

 

sycamore spoon 1

 

material:

Platanus occidentalis (american sycamore) harvested from a fallen tree in high park.

 

method:

carved with 4 hand tools: a pull-saw, a hatchet, a mora 106 sloyd knife & a mora 164 hook knife.

no electricity.

no sanding.

no oiling.

raw wood sharp knife finish.

 

2018

 
 

 

stars pour through, vol.1

 

an ee portal interdisciplinary performance.

 

7a*11d toronto performance art collective's event 7a*md8.

2017.

 
 

 

nature cycles: teo sol

 

detail photography of my son.

 

2017.

 
 

 

black ash spoon 2 

 

material:

fraxinus nigra (black ash).

 

method:

hand-carved with an axe, knife and curved knife.

no electricity was used.

 

2017.

 
 

 

black ash spoon 1

 

fraxinus nigra (black ash).

hand-carved with an axe, knife and curved knife.

no electricity was used.

2017.

 
 

 

3 ways of working with plants

 

an ee portal project.

 

the physical (a hand-carved Black Locust spoon); the essential (a photograph of natural dyes in a mason jar); the ethereal (a graphite drawing of a dream).

custom Black Walnut frames by Emilio Portal.

 

installation at WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON, as part of the multi-arts festival Duality.

 

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

 

2017

 

http://elyseportal.com/#/3-ways-of-working-with-plants/

 
 

 

black locust spoon xl

 

robinia pseudoacacia (black locust).

hand-carved with an axe, knife and curved knife.

no electricity was used.

2017.

 
 

 

the discarded collected

 

synopsis:

i was invited by the laurentian architecture student association to make the discarded collected, an interdisciplinary installation specifically made for the grand opening of the mcewen school of architecture. 

my focus with this work was to honour a discarded piece of wood i found in a firewood pile in my backyard. i carved, sanded and polished sections of this piece of wood in order to question our modern-day obsession with constantly replacing perfectly good objects. as well, i am deeply interested in the value of unique and handmade things. it is my conviction that these objects - handcrafted ones - stand alone and will never be replaced by automated or robotic-made artifacts.

 

medium:

fraxinus americana (white ash), unidentified reclaimed hardwood, red pencil, performance of field recordings and loops played on a roland spd-sx.

 

2017.

 
 

 

x

 

encre sur papier.

2017.

 
 

 

nature cycles: speed river tracks

 

photographs taken along the speed river.

 

2016.

 
 

 

communicating with other realms

 

hand-carved with antique spokeshaves and a japanese kiridashi.

freehand wood-burned drawing.

robinia pseudoacacia (black locust).

2.5"w x 9"l.

 

2016.

 
 

 

3n5 cabinet

 

design & fabrication

 

material: hard maple

 

joinery: mitred dovetail

 

96"w x 15"d x 42"h

 

2016.

 
 

 

honing

 

sand paper on wood, white oak frame.

 

2016.

 
 

 

greenhouse juice company white oak houses

 

fabrication of 500+ quercus alba (white oak) miniature gable roof houses.

 

2016.

 
 

 

handmade fire

 

an ee portal project

 

Garden Skool, a project by Golboo Amani, and site for community skill sharing and knowledge exchange that highlighted diverse earth work practices (supported by South Asian Visual Arts Centre).

Performance inspired by the original practice of setting fire to Southern Ontario to produce the great black oak savannahs. After the fire was lit, we opened the space for exchanges around living in an ancient remnant savannah.

(tinder bundle: birch, milkweed, plants)

 

performance photographs and review by Golboo Amani

 

2016.

 
 

 

nomad table

 

white oak circular top with dovetail rail, white ash legs.

30"dia x 15.5"h

 

2015.

 
 

 

trinity table

 

design & fabrication

pear top, black cherry legs, white oak stretchers.

34.5"l x 11"d x 33.5"h

 

2015.

 
 

 

apis boards

 

handcarved juglans nigra (black walnut) serving boards.

 

2015.

 
 

 

neotropica object

 

juglans neotropica (cedro nogal, cedro negro).

 

2013.