Alexander deVol is a designer, artist and maker whose work examines the material properties of wood and how they transfer into other materials. deVol uses a mix of traditional casting methods and new technologies to document the natural behavior and movement of the vessels he makes in 'green wood' while taking care to preserve the aesthetic features of the material's origin by fossilizing in bronze the grain and live edges that characterize his wood pieces.
"My work is an ongoing investigation into material, I have always been fascinated by a diverse range of both natural and synthetic media. Much of my work is conceived in wood and metamorphosed into a new medium, with details most indicative of the tree juxtaposed by a contrasting material. My intention is to create artefacts and installations which allow audiences to observe and consider material in new ways."
deVol works with unseasoned wood from trees that are recently felled and high in moisture. In this state, wood undergoes a dramatic process of change and, given appropriate conditions, changes shape organically as it dries. The outcome is an object sculpted in collaboration between maker and material.
Alongside his artistic practice deVol lectures in design at the University of Central Lancashire and regularly collaborates with other artists and design studios globally.