rel=”nofollow”Bryan Nash Gill‘s relief prints of tree-trunk cross sections are a simple, beautiful record of a trees life. To make the prints Gill recycles the wood from felled trees, cedar telephone poles and discarded fence posts in his native Connecticut. He then cuts the blocks with a chain saw, sands them down and burns and seals them with shellac – a tough natural primer and sealant – to accentuate the events in the trees life such as lightning strikes, burls, insect holes and its age rings.
Once the wood is prepared he coats the trunks cross-section with a thin layer of ink and then places a large sheet of paper upon the wood. He then presses down upon the paper and runs his hands over the paper until the ink is transferred. The result a wonderful natural design, a unique print of the once lived tree.
Here’s what he says on his site:
Bryan Nash Gill was born and raised in the same rural, north-western corner of Connecticut were he works as an artist today. His sculptures and drawings are heavily influenced by the New England countryside but also by geographical regions as diverse as Carrara, Italy, New Orleans, and northern California where he has lived and worked.
Bryan Nash Gill is not simply a naturalist, he is an artist rooted in nature he draws his vocabulary from the world of New England’s woods.