Kyle KruseReturn to Gallery
Artwalk 2012 Location: Morris Art Avenue
My creative process begins with destruction of someone else’s creation. Antiquated structures like barns, mills, and warehouses built during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s contain valuable pieces of history. When these structures are demolished, their history and story often vanish with them. I visit buildings slated for demolition or major renovation and salvage materials including wood, metal and architectural pieces. From those reclaimed materials, I select the pieces, most often antique heart pine, that best tell the story of their former life. Once chosen, the rough wood is hand sanded to reveal the tight growth rings and beautiful colors unique to old growth long leaf pine. When the grain patterns and history are revealed, I determine how best to display these traits. Some pieces reveal a history of hard work and even abuse: stress fractures from overloading, nail holes, saw marks, dents and burns. Other pieces, seemingly young and vibrant, are clean and unscathed after a century of service. Finishes are chosen and applied on a piece by piece basis and range from simple waxing to detailed staining and finishing. Upon completion, each piece stands ready to continue working and fulfilling a new purpose.