Philadelphia area artist Miriam Carpenter has a reverence
for trees and for the wood that they are made of. She has said, “When a tree has reached
the end of its life, the shadow of what once was presents
another gift in the form of a satiny, warm, sensual material.
Each piece of wood has its own story – reflections of moments specific to a place and time is within the architecture of the species.”
It is through Carpenter’s artistry that she reveals, transforms, and carves the wood into beautiful
objects – extraordinarily delicate feathers,
small egg-like orbs, and undulating
forms including vessels and frames.
The wooden feathers are technically challenging as each are hand-carved and made of white oak – a hardwood
with open pores and strong medullary
rays – and then burnished
with graphite powder. The egg-like objects
and vessel are turned, carved and made of bleached ash finished
with a whitewash
and liming wax.