Holding Pattern (Pallet 1)
- Found pallet
- 39" x 32" x 3"
"This pallet was the first found object I whittled. Initially, the impulse was to somehow synthesize the many disparate agencies wrapped up in a single form — trying to clarify their relationships through a process of reduction."
- Travis Morehead
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Born in Seattle, WA; based in Chicago, IL
In laboriously carving found wood, Travis Morehead transforms utilitarian objects into delicate and skeletal sculptures. Morehead scavenges adirondack chairs, pallets, chaise lounges, and sawhorses, which were originally manufactured to support or transport people or possessions. The histories of these goods are inscribed on their forms; the artist retains any existing chips, cracks, and scuff marks even as he rhythmically pares them down with a knife. A caregiver by nature, Morehead painstakingly attends to his source material—refining the wood while gingerly avoiding its collapse.
Morehead whittles down these functional items to the point where they are rendered functionless. Reduced to their joints and bones, they can no longer bear weight. Through this metamorphic act, Morehead frees his sculptures from the burden of operation—liberating them to exist for aesthetic and cerebral contemplation. His anatomical-like works become animated through the process, drawing closer to the human body.