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French Oak Cubes Sculptures

In 2017 I began a new work project using French Oak to create a series of 30 cubes sculptures.  The aim was to re-evaluate my path as a artist and dig a little deeper into what drives my work.

After early discussions with land artist Richard Shilling – and possible collaboration on a piece of land art and wood sculpture – the path for the my personal work became clearer. And the journey for the project began to take shape.

The 1st batch of oak cubes arrive!

Each Oak cube weighed 25 kilos and measured 30-30-30 cm. The number Three, and the cube shape plays an important and continuous role in my work. As a Buddhist there are certain parts of my daily practice that I continuously process.. For me, this is mainly done in a natural surrounding and, for this year 2017, that location was Skipton moors and beyond. Never has the environment affected my work so dramatically than whilst living here.

French oak picture frame

The process was all about using the French oak cube as a picture frame. Creating inserts using various items, such as old tools and objects found on trips to the beach and woodland walks. 

Making the Lego cube garden made by Cath Larrouy

There were 30 French oak cubes in total, each one unique. As with most of my work,  an object’s functional use also plays an important role in the design of my work. 

All timbers used in this project were supplied by British Hardwoods, based in  North Yorkshire. It’s a company I hold in very high regard because of their wonderful staff and excellent timber stock.

Personal thanks

On a personal note, I’d like to thank my amazing wife, Catherine Larrouy, Richard Shilling, Julia Brooklyn, and Julia Piper for being a rock. Also my son, Jai Quarless, and Amanda Quarless for supporting my dream. Lastly, to the great people of Skipton Farmers Market (aka Richard and Susan), the town and Keighley Creative Space.

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