David Rickard – Returnings

November 25, 2016

David Rickard collaborates with contemporary English poet SJ Fowler through the installation Returnings; a dialogue between artist and poet, the forest and the architecture of our everyday environment. Rickards’ central proposition is that we are perpetual inhabitants of the forest, surrounded as we are by the timber widely used in architecture and furniture; through our day-to-day interaction with our built environment we all inhabit the forest. Returnings is presented in the gallery through the creation of a new work which couples words and objects, developed from a memorial bench that has finished its lifespan within a civic park where it provided a place of rest and reflection.

For their Jerwood Open Forest proposal Returnings is scaled in response to the setting of a timber production forest. A cyclical work is proposed. A circular walk of a mile through the forest, marked by upright timbers that have been reclaimed from a deconstructed building and returned to the forest. Each timber marker will be inscribed with a single word, forming a poem through the forest that has no beginning and no end. Unearthing the everyday forest we inhabit through returning the source material to the site
of production, the circular walk marks this continuous cycle, on a landscape scale.

Images © Hydar Dewachi