In the Studio With… Sandra Eliot

Carved-Up Inspiration

 

By Sandra Eliot
Member-at-Large, Pennsylvania

 

Wrapped Spectre sculpture

“Wrapped Spectre” by Sandra Eliot — wood, bone, stone; 12 by 8 by 6 inches

My sculptures are assemblages of objects I create with wood. I am fascinated by wood weathered by natural forces (water, storms, insects) that leave inspiring forms, which I alter by carving, cutting, enhancing textures, and sometimes adding color. To give counterpoint to these forms, I combine geometric pieces I’ve fabricated from new lumber and off-cuts from a furniture maker.

I may use stone or other materials to enhance the meaning and structure. Sometimes I envision a sculpture right from the start. At other times, the pieces inspire my intuitive vision as I work.

The subject or imagery is metaphorical and open to interpretation. The initial inspiration is always the textures and exposed interior structure (skeleton), which are the life story of the wood: knots, gnarled and damaged parts, its environment. I always want to honor the beauty and spirit of wood and trees.


 

The Creation of ‘Contained and Emerging’ Series

 

andra Eliot carves the interior of “Contained and Emerging III” with a chisel.

Sandra Eliot carves the interior of “Contained and Emerging III” with a chisel.

Black silicone carbide paste looks like black crystals and adds to the depth.

Black silicone carbide paste looks like black crystals and adds to the depth.

 

The “emerging” piece is attached.

The small piece at the top was part of the inside of the tree and was perfect for the “emerging” element. The photo also shows the stainless-steel acrylic wash inside and the black silicone carbide paste on the inner structure.

The small piece at the top was part of the inside of the tree and was perfect for the “emerging” element. 

The photo also shows the stainless-steel acrylic wash inside and the black silicone carbide paste on the inner structure.

 

sculpture trio

“Contained and Emerging” 3, 2, and 4 by Sandra Eliot