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Narrative is common to all art forms, however, woodturners have a slightly different take on the subject due to the metaphorical capacity of their material. Michael Peterson’s Water Way Course tells a story of sedimentation and geologic time through the reality of the tree’s growth rings that have been manipulated to resemble eroded canyon walls. William Hunter also creates the feeling of time and motion in the spiraling and fluid carving of Convergence #808. Michelle Holzapfel captures the wind blowing through a tree in her carving Quercus. In art, these natural forces suggest allegory, like the cycle of life in David Ellsworth’s Mother and Teen which depicts two trees, one big and one small. Other artists use realism to create narrative components: Stephen Hogbin’s out-of-scale tableau of book, needle and thimble; Hap Sapwa’s De Chirico Bowl alluding to the painter’s stage-set imagery, and Po Shun Leong’s M. C. Escher-like interior.
Michelle Holzapfel gives a remarkable demonstration of her narrative vessels in this video clip. Her carving skills bring out a mythical scene on the featured vessel. Look for Holzapfel’s carved objects, Aegina Bowl and Quercus, in the exhibition.
Michael Peterson’s vessel forms and sculptures reference landscapes in their titles Peterson’s Navaho Land, from his Landscape Series, may remind you of a lunar landscape, or the spacecraft that might land there. This object can be viewed from five different angles. Drag the mouse in the opened clip toward the top or the bottom to change the viewpoint.