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Greenman Pyotr

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Pyotr is a wood carving of a wood spirit. This wood spirit has been named Pyotr by a naming ceremony which has been uninfluenced by me and picked at random in front of the carving. The wood is an old knot which remains hard even as the tree decays. In old knots there still remains good live wood. Once I turn over this piece of wood I eventually begin carving and find the face of the spirit still alive in the wood. Old trees are believed to be 'weilgiests'. This is often also known as wood spirits or greenmen. The spirit that lives in the old trees take care of the forests and in very old times hunters would follow the tradition of 'knocking on wood' to ensure their safety in the forest. Pyotr is a very old odd shaped piece of wood. In the dry forests of the west side of Okanagan lake I found this odd piece of the forest. I found that it had live wood still in it and I freed the Weilgiest by carving their image. Pyotr picked his name in a naming ceremony that I created by a bit of silly-ness. I felt I couldn't pick the name of a Weilgiest I made so I picked them at random in a naming ceremony. I lit a candle, the only one in the rood, picked up my book of 'Oxford Dictionary of Names' and spun it with my eyes closed. I would say 'I am choosing the name of the spirit in the wood'. I am....(I would stop turning, flicking, meandering the book) ...open the book and stab my finger at any spot. From there I would look around my finger for the most odd name. So named. Often I wait until someone is given one or someone buys one we have a naming ceremony together on commissioned works.
W 3.50" x H 7.00"
W 8.89 cm x H 17.78 cm
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Yacht varnish covered wood with small dowel and square wooden base. Name of sculpture and signature under base.
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About the Artist

Gary is a self taught artist who has a joy for painting. From a young age Gary was drawing in pencil and has been exploring various mediums throughout his life. The Secret Homes series explores the forest and magical places that have hidden doors into wondrous unknown homes inviting the viewer t...

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