John Cino - Sculpture
I create carved wood sculpture. The pieces are intuitive; the process begins after a period of observation when the wood itself seems to suggest to me what might be carved. Power tools are used to rough out. Then working by hand, with chisels and rasps in close communion with wood I pare down to the final form.
To work with wood is to enter into a dialogue with another being. Each piece of wood is the record of a unique life. Its story is recorded in the pattern of its grain and annual rings: seasonal cycles, years of robust or lean growth, storms and droughts.
Through carving wood I present to the viewer an artifact of my collaboration with that material. The process is slow and contemplative allowing for numerous associations to unfold. Melody and rhythm are suggested in “Kundalini.’. Sea plants reach upward in the “Rising’ series while water currents cause them to bend and twist. Tendrils wrap in ‘Twining.’ Water again, this time as subject flows in ‘River Rising’ or beats upon the shore in ‘Tides.’
While my sculpture freezes motion, it invites the viewer to move and be moved.