Artist Name: Tom Benedict of Three Forks, MT
Artist Statement: The Whirlwind Juniper is a sculpture made from what remained of a long-dead ancient twisted juniper tree. In life, this tree likely lived for well over 500 years before eventually falling to the same elements of nature which caused it to twist and contour. Working with this as my medium, I have carved away the exterior of weathered wood exposing the tree’s core. Sculpting with the grain of the wood, I exaggerate and deepen the natural features of the piece, ending by using a torch to increase visual contrast.
Medium type: Wood