'I have been working with wood for most of my life. We are comfortable with each other; we have a close relationship and I value that connection immensely. I am curious about what is inside and how it works. At times, I am awed by the story of its history, the tracks that the passing of time have left. I feel driven to expose this beauty. At other times, I am fascinated with its inner structure, its subtle form and spirit'. - Christian Burchard
Christian Burchard uses Pacific Madrone, a tree indigenous to the northwest coast of the United States. In his Cold Mountain studio in Ashland, Oregon, he works with the wood when it is green and supple; as it dries, it warps and contracts according to its grain structure. He makes use of these undulating surfaces to create personality, gestural forms and, when grouping the shapes together, relationships. The cutting edge of the artist’s tools and his process of light sandblasting creates a soft surface texture, akin to satin.
Christian began his career as a furniture maker, subsequently studying sculpture and drawing at the Museum School in Boston and then at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. His work is part of prestigious museum collections across the US, including the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte; Museum of Arts & Design, New York: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.