Such a simple idea: that within a construct lies something precious hidden by growth. As the artist carves into the surface he takes us through time, ultimately to reveal the past and present simultaneously. The focus of his work, and the focus of the piece, is not the exterior but the meaningful year of development that lies within; bordered by its nature and limitations; obscured by inevitable forces toward a more stable, more durable future– but also toward death. One may feel an empathy with the evidence of the tree’s spindly former self, or have a sense of its potential.
Sculpture: “The Hidden Life Within” by Giuseppe Penone