Bone, Sign-White Acrylic, Brass
As the bright winter sun rises, unobstructed, along the Winnipeg horizon, we are reminded of our place in this world.
We are of the prairies.
We are of simplicity, yet of intricacy.
We are of strength, yet of fragility.
Intricacies are revealed when taking a closer look at the simple forms of nature and built form that surround us in both our rural and urban context. Antler Luminaire speaks to this revelation and subtlety.
The antler of the native white tailed deer, is a composition of simple, fluid curvilinear lines void of obvious detail, yet delving deeper into inspection allows one to comprehend the intricacies in connection, formation and development, expressed through the sutures of the skull.
Juxtaposition dominates in the formation and conception of the Antler Luminaire. Technology and nature, uniqueness and predetermined form and darkness and light work in contradiction and combination to create the luminaire. The handmade piece consists of lasercut and handformed acrylic, custom brass fixtures and natural bone.
In creating a suspended luminaire from raw natural forms, laser cut acrylic planes and a light source; a local artifact is exposed in all its complexity. Scale, in descending intricacies is used to draw one towards the piece, from the raw antler, to the softly curving acrylic panels, to the nearly hidden interior. Here, the intricacies in form, the suture pattern, the handcrafted connections, and the carefully selected details, reveal themselves
“The joy of the prairie lies in its subtlety. It is so easy—too easy—to be swept away by mountain and ocean vistas. A prairie, on the other hand, requests the favor of your closer attention. It does not divulge itself to mere passerby.”