Sunday 12 August 2012
Folk Art: Life after death
Artists who make use of found materials are to be commended for their sustainable methods, but those who work with natural resources in situ, raise the concept of green art to a new stature.
Surrounded by houses, a high-rise block of flats and the hospital on St Clare Street, Penzance's mysterious totem pole appears absurd. Yet, while it is seemingly besieged by the modern world, its spellbinding peculiarity and pagan symbolism has an unassailable strength. Skillfully carved from a lifeless tree, insects crawl around its trunk, branches metamorphose into wild dogs and rabbits, fossilised in mid-leap, and the fearsome green man stands sentinel at the foot.