Annie’s Wood/Hundred Foot Drain. Three Panelled Screen.
Designer/Maker: Wycliffe Stutchbury
Wood Species: British Bog Oak, European Oak, British Holly
The origin of the timber used is central to Wycliffe Stutchbury’s work and provides the name for each piece. The holly comes from a coppice named Annie’s Wood in Kent. For Stutchbury, holly is reminiscent of ivory and provides the opportunity to let shadow and relief play a dominant part in the overall effect of the work. It has a wonderfully muted colour gradient and its density allows it to hold a good edge. The maker is in control of the journey from the woods to the gallery through sourcing the timber himself. Bog oak provides a stark contrast to the holly and its charcoal hue absorbs light. During the final machining process Stutchbury makes a conscious attempt not to sort the tiles as they come off the band saw. Instead, he allows the timber to lead the way. Very subtle changes in colour, finish and texture, dependent on where the material has come from the tree, and how it has been cut, provide the rhythm for the construction.