ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
By ALLI WILES
Our surroundings are fleeting. Not only with the change of seasons but also by human existence. How we intentionally and non-intentionally carve the space around us is a very interesting concept to me. My work initially stems from personal exploration. In order to gain a stronger sense of place, I utilize various trail systems and even sidewalks. Sculpture and installation provide me with the platform to exhibit an experience based on perception, time and our interaction with place. Utilizing and repurposing natural materials automatically connects the viewer with the familiar – urging anyone to consider how they impact and perceive the space around them.
‘Bound Organic’, is an example of human interaction with the organic. The wild shape of the driftwood is attempted to be contained with binding techniques, similar to those used in indigenous cultures.
Cherokee Park Monolith
Tulip Poplar, Pyrography, Chalk, Earth
‘Cherokee Park Monolith’, stands as a monument for the land I have explored the most. The Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera), also known as the Kentucky State Tree, is the species which lines the trails of Cherokee Park. The wood and the soil are both locally resourced. Using wood burning techniques, I drew a portion the park’s topography. The map burned into the surface, is withheld between the boundaries of the wood. This serves as a metaphor for how the natural may restrict itself.
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Alli Wiles is from Paducah, Kentucky and has a BFA in Art & Photography from Murray State University. She currently lives in Bryson City, North Carolina where she works for Carolina Outfitters as a whitewater photographer.