Susan White

April 17, 2009, 6:39 pm
Filed under: thornworks


I regard this thorn installation as a drawing piece.

The thorn works are made from the thorns of the honey locust tree.

These thorns encircle the trunk as they grow up the tree.

They are not parasites but part of the tree itself.

Like crosshatch drawings, each thorn responds to the one that came before, finding it’s way across the wall, or down the side of a post. They partner with shadows to make a drawing on the wall.  Much as they climb up and around the trunk of the tree, the thorns wander over the wall, searching for crevices, cracks, places to probe in this interior environment.

The thorns are self-pierced, with holes made by the pencil-point tip of a wood-burning tool.  This process of construction preceded the pyrographs —  another form of drawing that comprises a significant part of my work — and led to the use of the burning tool as a means of mark making.

The thorn work is very meditative and transcends thought. 


“Crosshatch” thorn installation at Byron Cohen Gallery
April 9, 2009, 6:12 pm
Filed under: thornworks

detail of "Crosshatch"
overview of "Crosshatch"Crosshatch 2
detail of "Crosshatch"

These are  details of a honey locust thorn installation at Byron Cohen Gallery.
It’s a wall piece approximately 12′ x 10′.  I see this installation as a three dimensional drawing.

Installation on view  through April  25, 2009