Darryl Cox continues to explore the material possibilities of wood and its relationship to domestic interiors and the natural environment in the series Fusion Frames (previous).

During the experiment, Cox’s organic sculptures, gnarled tree roots or branches merge with the ornate grooves, patterns, and gilding of picture frames. As Cox describing his creation process:

Typically—but not always — I begin the sculpting process at the point of fusion, and move in either direction from there, depending on the piece. Carving and modeling is a protracted process, so once I have a rudimentary joint, I work on segments at will.

When looks at Cox’s work, it is hard to imagine how much effort needed to make formerly disparate pieces of wood appear as though they extend organically from one another. Moreover, the artist retains some of the mosses or lichens that grew on the roots in the wild, further emphasizing the contrast between the finely hewn surfaces of the frames and the rough textures of the raw timber.

This summer, Cox will exhibit his sculptures at Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver in July and Oregon’s Art in the High Desert fair in August. Find more of his work on his website.

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