Contrasting Art & Craft – Wood Sculpture by Maker Fitzhugh Karol
Geometric, colour, grain, collage … these are just a few words that come to mind when exploring Fitzhugh Karol’s wood sculpture. With so many types of sculpture included in his displays it’s quite difficult to categorise his work.
Karol is a Brooklyn artist/designer that thrives on the energy generated through the act of creation itself. As mentioned in his video embedded below, he tends to work in sequence, tackling forms one after the other before they can be juxtaposed or placed nearby to create a jigsaw-like effect. To add a sense a play or seriousness, paints or dye are then added that offers contrast between the “art” and the “craft”.
Many of the forms pay homage to various landscapes and the effect of the human imprint within those spaces. There is also the theme of inviting the participant to interact with the carvings so that we can gain a deeper appreciation for nature. This is surely going to become even more important in the years to come as we reconnect with nature and understand that we are not separate and that nature truly does makes us whole.
I’m pleased an artist like Fitzhugh Karol is exploring these ideas and can’t wait to see more of his creations in the near future. See more pieces on his portfolio linked below.