Technique and condition

The work is made from a single trunk of oak about 400 years old, which was brought to the artist’s attention by the gardener at a girls’ private school at Ascot. Nash roughed out the pieces in Ascot then transported them to his studio in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales where he charred them with a propane torch to the depth of about 1cm. He treats them with linseed oil, chars them again and linseeds them a second time.

Rachel Barker and Annette King
June 1999