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Sycamore bark, Copper, Acrylic Paint

Variable sizes: 6" on largest dimension


The growth patterns of sycamore trees cause thin layers of bark to be shed as they grow over time. The loss of their outer layers is a sign of health and development, of becoming something new. For me this is easily relatable to how we grow and change as humans. Sometimes we must let go of elements of our personal past to make room for who we will become, but still value the richness of our past as it has influenced the present. The sycamore bark used was collected from my family home, and the painting is taken from a family photograph. This body of work embraces ephemerality and will continue to change over time.

Bethany Laranda Wood‚Äč

Shed My Kin