Break Through (Tree Men Series) P. Roch Smith

28.25 × 7 × 7.5 inches
71.76 × 17.78 × 19.05 cm

Canadian sculptor P. Roch Smith has created an intriguing new series of ‘Tree Men’ in bronze. Inspired by a walk in the woods, Smith imagined fallen twigs and branches as replacing human limbs. This piece is particularly dramatic as a single naked male figure, has one exceptionally long arm reaching upward. The casting for each piece is a delicate process as each wooden twig is replaced by bronze so each sculpture is one of a kind. “I saw that an interesting scale could be achieved by having small torsos become quite large figures by having the twigs/branches form the arms and legs. The figures seemed to inhabit the space between dream and reality where I could see tree people having all sorts of interesting interactions.” P. Roch Smith He received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). A teacher as well as an artist, he has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. He currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. P. Roch Smith has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US. P. Roch Smith’s work is included in private, corporate and museum collections.

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