Jan Philip Raath

Juxtaposing fractal and Euclidean geometry, my MFA project examines ecology in relation to the production of art.  The project focuses on wood as a primary material in art production.  My lifelong fascination with forests and trees and their symbiotic relationships with other forest organisms inform my practice. Through my work I study the apparent paradoxes and contradictions in our understanding and ideas of nature and ecology.  By using various forms of wood such as living trees, timber, and decayed wood, as well as other natural materials and organisms found in forests, such as mushrooms, I make sculptures and structures that investigate our relationship to both the materials and the landscapes that they are taken from.