"Every tree that you fall for burning...they all hold gifts."
Scott McKinnon collaborates with the forest.
McKinnon seems to be guided by instinct rather than a conscious effort to become an artist. For over a decade he has been exploring and respecting the gifts of the land that he inherited from his father. In 1988 he started by cutting a path to what is now his home nestled in the forest of North Berwick, and began to explore the hidden bounties the woods had to offer above and beyond building material or firewood. Out of one of the first trees that he fell with his chainsaw came one of the feature pieces in his studio, a table, formed by nature and discovered and brought to it's full potential by McKinnon's insightful eye.
Through this work, Scott thoroughly exposes his warm and engaging heart and open mind along side with his respect for all living beings. Some of the work respectfully illustrates procreation or sexuality, and does it in a way that is natural and organic, it's not even close to pornographic or offensive. Branches intertwine, or nestle in each other comfortably, fitting like a glove to give birth to a candle holder, a table, a creature, a face...
The individual pieces are fascinating and each brings out a differing basic emotional state within a glance. There's something to be identified as symbolically grand here, even in the smallest pieces that make up the whole.
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