Often, I work in concert with my brother, Dale Killian, whose hand carved songbirds find their way into many of my pieces. The bird’s fleeting nature seems to create a quiet and uncertain tension when resting in such strangely unnatural circumstances … oddly alone, and sometimes sadly out of place … as though just seeking a bit of refuge.
I guess that may be a lot to ask from a lamp and a few wooden birds.
My studio sits in the middle of central Illinois cornfields, in what was once a farmhand’s house, chicken coop, home to a flock of carrier pigeons, and lastly a screened summerhouse. The screens have now been replaced with floor to ceiling windows, and with the addition of a warm wood stove and salvaged industrial lighting it is now a pretty cozy refuge.
Much of my work includes the addition of hand carved wooden birds from my brother’s Wrinkled Rock Studio, which are usually created to fit the theme of the lamp.
collections & exhibitions.
“BEST OF OHIO 2015”
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus OH
Southern Ohio Museum of Art, Portsmouth OH
Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield OH
Cometogetherspace, Bloomington IL
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