By definition " Flotsam is debris in the water not intentionally thrown overboard often as the result of a shipwreck or accident and jetsam is items thrown overboard intentionally by the crew at times of distress"
This is the evolution of a piece called " Flotsam and Jetsam' during lockdown 2020 in London. This piece is being created with years of collected driftwood from the beaches of Sussex and Suffolk combined with off cuts taken from the local area.
For me the continuity and life story of the wood is part of the work. That these scraps were once living trees and then in some cases were made into objects for use by men. That there has been distance and contact with the movement of the oceans and that the wood itself lives on after death in new ways, forming new union and expression.
The species used include Hazel, Hornbeam, Hawthorn, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Redwood, Californian Lilac, Box, Elm, Holly and a variety of Coastal pines. All smaller pieces are pegged to the central section using wooden dowels cut locally. The whole piece is heavily waxed and will continue to grow as it takes shape. The fun of this for me is that it grows each day in a spontaneous way. Each small piece is waxed and then i see where best it might fit the whole piece. There is no planned design, rather a piece which grows until i feel it is complete.
Pictures shown below are in no particular order and represent random snaps taken as and when whilst working.
For now it grows and takes a new form.