Friday, January 24, 2014

Wood Sculpture at Ocean Books and Art



FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Ocean Books and Art’s featured artist for the month of February is sculptor Timothy Murphy, of Ormond Beach, whose wood carvings will be on exhibit in the “Featured Artist” space at the front of the gallery for the entire month. On Friday, February 7th, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, the gallery will hold an art opening reception and the public is invited.
Murphy uses only reclaimed materials in his artwork. The wood he lovingly carves into animals is from Eastern red cedar that was once a part of a maritime coastal hammock on the back dune in Ormond-By-The Sea. The coquina stone blocks which serve as bases for many of his sculptures come from old walls removed from construction sites. Even the metal stands supporting his artwork once had a former purpose and now support his marine life and birds.
Each piece of wood has a history. To Murphy, the grain, twists, knots, insect holes, wounds, and even its former location in the environment, are stories waiting to be told. He said, “The culmination of all these factors, which I have spent most of my life studying and seeking to understand, has allowed me to gain an appreciation and connection with the wood. I approach my works as a form of meditation and, in a sense, as an archaeological journey.”

Murphy continued, “What I produce is not something that is ‘cute’ or an ‘artful masterpiece,’ but a remembrance of what we have lost and what we need to protect.  His sculptures of whales, birds, manatees, turtles, and other animals of the barrier island have no eyes because they represent what was or what may be lost if humans fail to act to protect the natural environment.

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