Alexander deVol is a designer, artist and maker who's work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal 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 features he feels are aesthetically synonymous with the material's origin.
"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 the unseasoned wood from trees that are recently felled and high in moisture, in this state wood is still to undergo a dramatic process of change and given appropriate conditions will morph a form into a new organic shape as it dries. The final outcome is an object sculpted collaboratively by both 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.