This series focus is placed as much on the transient characteristic of nature as it is on permanent sculpture.
While creating the pieces I came ultimately close with the leaf, learning it’s curves, veins and folds in order to reshape them and use them again in a re-appropriated manner. An analysis of natural process and direct relation to the sculpture it is yet to become. By mixing the discarded leaves from various sources, the provenance is lost just like the unstable nature of the material itself is loosing its permanency. Tactile experience of working with collated at different stages of life matter, draws directions in forms and provides dimensionality. I work like a surgeon who is exploring the shape of an object by stitching its various pieces. Coated with resin, they become permanent again, porous textures are filled up and joined with a protective layer. The process of decay is further extended as the air access is limited. Objects start to tone down and adjust their visual appearance by changing into pallets of browns and silver.
After studying industrial coating processes I started exploring ways of preserving natural materials. Discarded leaves are being coated with the same layer of anticorrosive zinc as a steel bridge or ship structure would be in order to prevent it from corrosion. Delicate natural leaf is not damaged through the process, retaining all of its qualities and fragility. Building this thick metal layer enables me to preserve the initial material and build up protective thickness by attaching zinc, grain by grain. I wanted to maintain intrinsic sculptural qualities of the objects and highlight the transformation of this natural and raw material (foliage) into an object made by human hand. Transformation produced not just an object, but knowledge about nature and behaviour of the materials. What interests me is how nature can change from living to preserved stage and what happens in between the stages.