"Shrine for the Rising Sun" by Alain Mailland

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 Shrine for the Rising Sun  by Alain Mailland
1,700.00USD+ applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2014 Jun 14 @ 15:45UTC-7 : PDT/MST
All items in this auction were created, at least in part, on the wood lathe, with wood as the primary material. All are one-of-a-kind signed originals, guaranteed to be individually created by the woodturning artist listed.
Alain Mailland, France
Shrine for the Rising Sun
Juniper burl
4.2" x 7.3" x 6.3" 11cm x 19cm x 16cm

Wanting to create the work from one piece of aromatic juniper burl, this piece presented a special challenge to the artist: "I made the special tools to turn the sphere inside the piece of juniper burl, and it worked !" The hollow, honeycombed inner sphere moves freely within the hollowed burl.

Artist’s note: "Every morning the sun is rising. this piece is a tribute to the sun and his daily ceremony. The sphere is free to move and get up behind the mountain."

Artist's Statement:
All my work is based on the beauty of wood. I mainly use roots from my countryside because they are so colorful, and I need very fine burls to get these very fragile pieces. I consider that there is a correspondence between all the species living on Earth. For example, you can find animal or mineral shapes in roots and vegetable forms, and in
stone or bones. We humans are linked with all things growing on the Earth. That is what I feel when I make my sculptures. These creatures seem to be alive, because I first turn growing shapes, like flower shapes. I reproduce the expansion of a flower or all circular structures that you can find in the universe. For me the birth of these objects is the incarnation of a dream.

About the artist: Alain Mailland was born on the Ivory Coast and moved with his family back to France when he was five years old. From age twenty to twenty-two, he studied at the National Art School of Cergy-Pontoise. Although he worked as a mason and carpenter in building construction, it was not until he was twenty-eight that he took his first course in woodturning.

He began his own shop specializing in interior woodworking: stairs, cabinetry and verandas. During this time he continued to turn wood as an amateur. In the early 1990’s, Mailland slowly changed his focus from interior carpentry to turning and has since done nothing but lathe work.

Mailland soon developed his own distinctive style and technique, particularly in hollowing. He began showing and selling his work at exhibitions and other craft venues. As his work matured, he continued learning, taking courses with other notable turners such as Andre Martel, Michael Hosaluk, and Terry Martin.

He has quickly gained a reputation for his very distinctive work and has been exhibiting and demonstrating internationally.