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Finlay Killowe
English Oak
Finlay Killowe
English Oak

Finlay Killowe has designed an exhibition based on the English Oak to bring people closer to trees. This specific tree was chosen due to its rich history in British culture. Killowe sees oak trees as time capsules, carrying with them a lot of stories from the past. The centrepiece of the exhibition is three chairs which through the joinery, form, and finish embody various aspects of the oak tree. These include the fork shape of the chair, the ink which is extracted from the oak tree and the mortise and tenon, considered the oldest carpentry joint.

Within the exhibition, there are nature sounds that fill the room and a screen plays a simulation of a walk through a forest. Oak gall ink stains the chairs and slowly drips in the middle of the room a deliberate strategy to slow the pace of the visit. Visitors can also interact with this by laying down  paper and watching their own artwork form over time.

Exhibition Installation View
Exhibition Chair
Chair Joints
Chair Detail