Birch shrine compressed. This is part of the new exhibit in the Kerredge Gallery, "The Voices of Trees," sculptures by Amanda Szot. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)
HANCOCK -- The new exhibition in the Copper Country Community Arts Center’s Kerredge Gallery is "The Voices of Trees," sculptures by Amanda Szot. The public is invited to a reception with the artist from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9.
The Ironwood artist works with wood, stones, books, wire, beadwork, cast iron, and sand to create sculptures that honor the forest and tree-bird connections. Her freestanding sculptures grace the gallery along with boxed assemblages as shrines. Szot's work addresses the life cycle of trees and the ways trees are made "useful" beyond their natural state.
"This group of sculptures depicts my thoughts about how trees have their own language, as well as the voices that other beings have given to them," Szot says. "Many of the sculptures are made from books, thus bringing the cycle of life to a full circle: tree to wood pulp to paper to book, now back to tree imagery. I have also included found pieces of lumber, firewood, driftwood, branches, and bark in many of the sculptures. I consider each of these thrown-away scraps as precious keepers of tree wisdom, each formed over many years of living growth, then transformed by human hands, taking on even more wisdom and history."
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. The exhibition will be on display through October 31, 2015.