Peter Marigold’s latest series Bleed is a collection of cedar wood cabinets that incorporate a form of ‘localised ebonising’. Although the forms are simplistic blocks, the steel hardware, stripped of its protective zinc coating using acid, reacts with the tannin in the cedar. This produces bleeding patterns on the wood that in turn emphasise the actual complexity of the organic material.
I intended a double meaning in the use of the word ‘Bleed’. On the one hand the steel is bleeding into the cedar, but I am also interested in the point at which a regular man made form takes on character, the point at which nature takes a foot hold in the things that we create and that otherwise might be immortal, to drag them back down into the mud. I see this as a kind of unspoken never ending ritual between us and the world we inhabit. – Peter Marigold