An Exhibition and Celebration of the Tree
31 October – 6 December 2015
Saturday 31st October, 2015 at 2pm
by Zina Burloiu
Woodworker, International Artist in Residence
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery 2015
Exhibition continues until December 6
Terry Martin & Zina Burloiu
Sue Cochrane & Malcolm Pettigrove
“My love of trees has always influenced what I have made. Every time I cut a piece of wood, I think about the tree and that’s why I try to leave something of the tree in so many of my pieces.”
Terry Martin spent most of his early working life touring the world in the theatre industry as a stage manager and technical director for ballet companies. His woodworking life began in 1983 when he discovered an unused lathe at a school in Adelaide where he was head of a training course for theatre technicians, and his initial curiosity grew into a passion for turning. His contact with Bungendore Wood Works Gallery began in 1992 while it was still in the small shop opposite the present site.
Travel was second nature to Terry and he tours the world as a maker, photographer and writer. His fascination with the history of his craft led him to many countries and he has now written over 300 stories for magazines in seven countries. He has also written three books on turning – Wood Dreaming, 1995; New Masters of Woodturning, 2008; and The Creative Woodturner, 2014.
Terry has participated in exhibitions all over the world, many of them solo, and his work in held in many prestigious international collections, museums and galleries. He has enjoyed seeing how others define his work: “In Australia I am a woodturner, in Asia I am a craftsman, in Europe I am an artisan, in the USA I am an artist – but I am happy to be described as a woodworker.”
A qualified engineer, Zina Burloiu studied sculpture for three years at the Brasov School of Arts. She trained with her uncle, a respected traditional carver and by 2013 Zina had become the most well-known and respected traditional woodcarver in Romania. She has made a name for herself as a teacher and demonstrator in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, England, Bulgaria, Poland, Holland, Sweden, and Greece.
She accepted an invitation to participate in the first-ever international collaborative wood sculpture project in Dongxiang, China, followed by another invitation to compete in the World Crafts Council international wood sculpture competition held in Dongyang, China. In June 2015, she was invited into the international residency for wood artists run by the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, USA. During this 10-week program Zina’s work took on new life as she created pieces that revealed depths of sensitivity and creativity that she had yearned to set free. Zina has always dreamed of visiting Australia: looking forward to trying new materials, and develop new ideas based on her experiences while here.
Australian Wood Review visited Terry Martin to watch him complete work for his upcoming exhibition
Seeing The Trees
Later this year Bungendore Wood Works Gallery will host an exhibition called Trees+ that will feature Terry Martin's latest series of Tree sculptures.
I visited Terry a few weeks ago, just in time to catch him put the finishing touches on the last one, as you can see in the video below. The trees are crafted from red mallee burl in such a way that the outer creamy coloured part of the burl forms the canopy of the tree.
‘I work by instinct – I don’t have a design…I work to a rough shape because the burls won’t allow me to impose a design on the wood’, he says.
These small sculptures are so beautifully carved that it's hard to imagine the time it takes to create them. When you see what's involved in texturing and sanding them you will understand why.
Terry is passionate about the beauty and importance of trees, and these sculptures are one way he expresses that
Source: Australian Wood Review
Sharing a familiarity of the East and South Gippsland bush environs with a later exposure to the coastal habitats of the southern NSW coast, Sue Cochrane sets out amongst the majestic gums surrounding her home. She has mastered the difficult pastel techniques that now expertly reflect her connection with the natural environment.
“Thaae gums, whether young or twisted with age, have real character and practically wave for recognition.”
The recognition for her pastel renditions comes generously in the form of awards and sales: she is one of this Gallery’s best selling artists. Sue continues to be captivated by the fascinating colours, textures and beauty presented by nature.
Retiring from a career in education in 2013 Malcolm Pettigrove turned to the serious pursuit of his art, based in pen and ink drawing . Malcolm has travelled broadly in Australia, living at times in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, and abroad in Oxford, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His art has been richly affected by his early experiences in the Dandenongs and the Gippsland bush: and his later years as a teacher in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
“I draw trees because I can. And because I so often find myself in admiration of the way they deal with their lot. I draw what I feel - about what I’ve seen many, many times without ever having seen the same thing twice: the beauty in the shapes life takes when trees are what it takes shape in.”
Malcolm’s trees often float in space, displaying their complex root structures and offering an almost out-of-body spiritual view. The Chinese influence on his work is not difficult to see. The red “chops” under his drawings were given to him by his Shanghai students.