New York-based artist Charlie Baker, used to spend summers at his home on Shelter Island, where he made an appreciation for mother nature and all of its unique shapes. Fast forward to this day and he uses all-natural materials to create impressive human-sized wooden sculptures that have been on show everywhere from Uruguay to Central Park, New York.
He loves the idea of the natural pulse out the industrial, of grapevine taking over a building, of rust shaping on metal and moss sprouting in the midst of the cracks of bricks on an avenue. When making his works, Charlie Baker combines straight man-made lines with the ever-changing forms of mother nature and picks out the natural colors of the material over coatings or painting.
According to Charlie Baker, in some cases, his works start out with a design while sometimes it’s the materials combined with a bit of experimenting that dictate the final form and shape. Also, he said that he tends to gravitate upon curvier and twister forms as they tend to make a sense of motion in the last piece.
When selecting the materials for Charlie’s works, he mainly uses laurel as it has a really twiggy impression and is naturally impervious to rot and bugs. He also doesn’t cut any live trees and uses ones that are dying trees or almost dead trees.