White willow, blackthorn, welding rods. Constructed.
h 61 x w 14.5 x d 14.5 cm 2014
Photograph by Jason Ingram
I have loved blackthorn for years. Its sharp thorns grow almost at right angles to the branch, unlike hawthorn and other hedging species which hold their thorns at a more acute angle. The regularity of this growth habit echoes that of my habitual grid, and yet it is freer and more wild.
In this piece I have tamed the thorns, which press against the sides of the cage, threatening to break free