About Mike McCollum’s work at Art Jam
I am enamored with wood because of the time it takes to grow, its relative strength, malibility, and its grain (figure). Cutting into a log or a billet of wood reveals figure that is not always evident from its surface. Some great figure can come with cracks and rot.
I originally began filling cracks with clear resin progressing to coloring the resin. I then realized instead of “repairing” diseased and cracked wood, the wood with its colored resin parts could become components for sculpture, functional and non-functional. I also began combining the resin and wood with drawing.
Exploring wood, resin, and drawing in 2-dimensional work (I call them paintings) and 3-dimensional (boxes, tables, pyramids, cubes) is an attempt to keep me surprised– ‘arriving at’ as opposed to ‘aiming at.’ I see every surface as a blank canvas.
On the Web: https://mccollum-art.blogspot.com