Nic Webb

Nic Webb carves, scorches, burns, soaks and stains different species of fallen wood to create pieces that explore the natural drama of the material. Each piece is a personal response to the character of the wood, which is interpreted in different, creative ways. The artist uses experimental and intuitive processes and he incorporates and highlights imperfections in the wood to create striking detail. Using traditional tools, modern methods as well as elemental forces such as fire, ice, air and water he shapes and sculpts in an unbound and organic manner.

Webb comments that, ‘as fire journeys into wood, forms are revealed, briefly seen and quickly disappear. These vessels begin in primitive crudeness, move through varying states of function, and evolve or ‘devolve’ towards a delicate border between existence and absence. On the whole the fire and the wood burn as they wish. As the piece concludes, I intervene, shepherd and finally halt the progress of loss at the place before all remnants of the journey are gone. The objects that remain are forms captured moments before they disappear completely from our world. They are husks; the edges between being and not.’

Webb’s work is at the forefront of international craft; he has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally and is part of prestigious private collections.