Environmentally-conscious artist Victoria Wagner uses reclaimed wood to create colorful sculptures. Cleverly called Woodrocks, the striking series features wooden works that are cut and painted to look like glistening gemstones.
Using wood salvaged from downed trees (including coast live oak, redwood, Douglas fir, and Gravenstein apple) found in local forests, Wagner hand-carves the asymmetrical, geometric sculptures. She then decorates each piece with oil paints, tracing the wood’s natural patterns and accentuating its organic aesthetic.
Once completed, each Woodrock appears to glimmer like an ethereal jewel while still retaining its earthy, wooden roots. “My work deals with observation and mystery. I am fascinated with unlikely material pairings,” Wagner explains. “Within the familiar arc of a line, a simple form, the pleasant cadence of common geometric shape, I encourage an experience that is slightly removed from the history of its making.”
Perturbed by the destruction of her local landscape, Wagner was inspired to create Woodrocks. With the hope that the series may eventually become “an iconic reference to downed trees,” she continues to create the gem-like sculptures, which she poetically and poignantly describes as her “due diligence to the tree.”