Tim Combs— The Reclamation Project—Woodcarvings

As The Reclamation Project, I make art out of reclaimed materials in an attempt to save the universe one piece of art at a time. As I’ve progressed with my craft, I find myself influenced by Japanese and Chinese painting and woodblock design — the spontaneity of Zen ink washes, the textures of Japanese woodblock prints, the inherent beauty in decay and weathering. For this collection I’ve carved slightly abstracted nature scenes and portraits of people from found photos on reclaimed wooden “canvases” in order to examine beauty in the inevitable processes of decay and rebirth, forgetting and discovery.

I got into art as a way to do social activism after years of working in non-profits. So I use the art as a focal point, a node of intersection, for messages of reuse, sustainability and community connection. I like to remind the audience where the materials come from in effort to show them that aesthetic beauty is everywhere, all materials can be shaped into art. And to that end, I show work at art fairs, coffee shops, boutiques, non-profit fundraisers and galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest so I can discuss these issues and themes with an ever-widening audience.

Remember – Reclaim – Restore