As a woodworker there is a responsibility to choose the right wood for the right job. Some makers design and then collect the materials to fulfill their vision. My slant is just the reverse: find interesting materials and design around their strengths. When there is good fortune and also a beautiful tree that crosses my path, along with glee comes a feeling of commitment to do justice to the tree: to shape it and place it properly. These three fish grew up next to each other, in the same tree. Muskegon City workers felled it on Sternberg Road. I came along and bought it from a sawyer, we cut it, and seeing the grain of the tree for the first time proved a visual feast. The fancy patterns swam like they were part river, part fish.
Jeffrey Jan's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jeffrey Jan's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.