Xylomancy

Xylomancy is a collection inspired by the primitive practise of tree worship, in which divine guidance is sought in the patterns of twigs and branches fallen from sacred groves.

 

From the earliest times, omens hidden in the natural world have been found by humankind, stemming from the inner conviction that everything has meaning, nothing is inanimate and everything is interconnected. I believe that this reverence for nature has largely been lost among the masses as we continue to actively rewrite our story as one of supremacy, dominion and exploitation, culminating in the Great Forgetting. This collection consists of works that are intended to reawaken the stories of the past, spark distant memories within the audience and ignite their ancestral connection to a time when we viewed all that surrounds us as sentient and respected it as such.
 

Within the core of each sculpture lie the ashes of fallen trees from last year's fires around my home in Tasmania, representing a cycle of death and rebirth that is stored within the heart and circulates through the veins of each piece, carrying a message of hope : there is still time to remember, there is still time to rewrite our story.  

The Xylomancer

Materials : stone clay, tourmalinated quartz, carved driftwood, rosaceae rubus thorns, ashes

Size : 18cm from bottom to head - 
sitting. This piece is jointed though not fully poseable

SOLD

The Pythia 

Materials : stone clay, hand blown glass, Icelandic wool, carved Lagarostrobos franklinii timber, wire, ashes

Size : 13.5cm from bottom to head 
- sitting. This piece is jointed though not fully poseable

SOLD

The Guide 

Materials : stone clay, baltic amber, mulberry paper, silk thread, ashes

Size : 16 x 13cm - this piece is jointed though not fully poseable

SOLD

The Harbinger 

Materials : stone clay, rutilated quartz, Icelandic wool, Australian merino wool, suri alpaca fibre, plant dyed textiles, Cassinia aculeata twigs, ashes

Size : 16.5cm

SOLD

Spark + the Seed

Materials : stone clay, hand blown glass, plant dyed textiles, suri alpaca fibre, Australian merino wool, Icelandic wool, Lagarostrobos franklinii timber, unidentified tooth, ashes

Size : 15cm

 

SOLD

Nostrum I

Materials : stone clay, moonstone, Suri alpaca fibre, Australian merino wool, plant dyed textiles, Cassinia aculeata twigs, ashes

Size : 14.5cm

SOLD

Nostrum 2

Materials : stone clay, moonstone, Suri alpaca fibre, Australian merino wool, plant dyed textiles, Cassinia aculeata twigs, ashes

Size : 14.5cm

SOLD

Blackwood 

Materials : stone clay, vessonite, peridot crystals, suri alpaca fibre, Australian merino wool, Acacia melanoxylon timber, ashes

Size : 12.5cm sitting

SOLD

Acacia 

Materials : stone clay, hand blown glass, Australian merino wool, peridot crystals, Phyllostachys nigra roots, Acacia melanoxylon timber, ashes

Size : 9cm sitting

SOLD

Cassinia

Materials : stone clay, pink amethyst, suri alpaca fibre, Icelandic wool, plant dyed textiles, Cassinia aculeata twigs, ashes

Size : 16.5cm without headdress 

SOLD

Rebirth 

Materials : stone clay, mulberry paper, ashes

Size : 9cm

SOLD

Dreamwalker

Materials : stone clay, black moonstone, Icelandic wool, feathers, plant dyed textiles, hemp twine, Rattus rattus bones + teeth, Herkimer diamonds, ashes

Size : 13cm kneeling 

SOLD

The Luminescence

Materials : stone clay, labradorite, suri alpaca fibre, Australian merino wool, feathers, plant dyed textiles, ashes

Size : 13cm crouching

SOLD

If you feel called to adopt an Echo from this collection, please use the button provided adjacent to the piece/s to contact us. We will be in touch at our earliest opportunity to arrange the purchase (via Paypal) and discuss shipping options.

{In the event that purchase enquiries are made from two different people regarding the same piece, preference will be given to the email received first based on the time/date stamp} 


In light of the current situation we are also offering the option of payment plans between 2 to 6 months in duration in an effort to make original art more accessible to all in a time when we need it most. If this option appeals, please contact us citing the sculpture you are interested in and the approximate time period you would like to pay for the work (up to a maximum of 6 months) and we will be in touch. 

Please note: the pieces will only be marked as SOLD once reserved with payment

 

This is certainly not how I how intended this collection to be displayed upon its creation though strange times call for unique measures. I hope the spirit of the gathering is still somewhat tangible through these images nonetheless.

My deepest thanks for viewing.   

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