Zero Studio

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ZERO is a series of unique urns, created by Joel Parkes. Hand carved from single pieces of tree so large and old that they are unable to pass through any processing machine, Joel improvises their design physiologically during his work.

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ZERO is a series of unique urns, created by Joel Parkes. Hand carved from single pieces of tree so large and old that they are unable to pass through any processing machine, Joel improvises their design physiologically during his work.

The Urns shapes are derived from the inherent outline of the trunk, exposing idiosyncrasies and beautiful elements within the wood. Letting the wood dry naturally opens fissures and rents which are backfilled with pewter, coloured acrylic, copper, treated with fire and gold leaf, to strengthen the sculpture and draw attention to the beauty of imperfection. Staying true to the structure of the wood allows the urns to taper to a single graceful point of balance, creating dramatic arcs and a graceful mass. Carved geometric edges conversely defy the organic flow of the shapes and create a modern element. Each urn is unique in both scale and approach. Their beauty lies in the acceptance of their scars and anomalies. Just as in ourselves, we understand the most beautiful parts of us lie in the wisdoms of our experience and failures, when looking at the urns we see a sense of beauty which only time can sculpt.

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