Manipulating wood is diametrically
different from working with metals; the most obvious aspect is
the temperature of the material. Wood seems to dissolve into your hand,
but metal constantly reminds you that there is a forign object in your
hand. Also, wood forces some "waiting time" for it to dry and set into
the desired shape. When working with wood, I must leave the studio
at a certain point. Wood has the power to say, "Your work is done for
the day. Go home, Cathy."
Unfurling is a slow and deliberate
movement, commonly used to describe a leaf as it becomes
completely untangled from itself. As an artist, I want to constantly be
in the state of unfurling.