Original artwork by Isobel Rayson.
Woodblock carving, 42 cm x 42 cm, 2020.
'These woodblock carvings reflect an ongoing exploration of my immediate surroundings on a small rural property in New South Wales. Like many, the events of 2020 resulted in an abundance of time spent at home and in the studio, I am incredibly grateful for the quiet open space I have there. Wandering around the farm offered an escape, as my mind slows, and the reality of news and events demands less of my attention. In these moments I begin to notice small details and objects that cross my path, the contours of weathered remnant wood, old wire idly hanging from a fence post or the structure of a single seed pod littered among hundreds fallen from trees above.
I document these objects in photographs and sketches and return to the studio where I use these observations as starting points for new carvings. Focussing my attention solely on these details and the meditative process of repetitive carving allows me to escape into a simplified world of line, form and texture'.