Donna Zils Banfield
Faux Spalted Maple Sphere, 2020
Patterns, Texture and Color / October 31 – November 5, 2021
The idea behind this body of work was initially inspired by another wood artist who created baskets from turned wood. I was intrigued by this concept – that the viewer could be tricked into believing that it was a woven basket. I was inspired to create an entire body of work that could deceive the viewer into believing it was something that it was not. It could be ceramic, pottery, glass or metal – until they picked it up to discover the deception.
The Faux Spalted Maple Sphere was created from a piece of rock maple that had developed decay on only one side. I oriented the turning of the sphere so that there was a clear division between solid wood and decayed wood. There were barely visible spalt lines, so using a fine tip woodburning pen, I ‘created’ spalt lines. I used oil pencils on some of the sections to make one side of the sphere markedly contrast from the other.
Donna Zils Banfield has been creating works of art in wood since 2001. She began teaching in 2007, including private one-on-one instruction in her studio, in Derry, NH. Her Symposia presentations include Totally Turning, SWAT, Virginia Woodturning Symposium, New England Woodturning Symposium, AAW International Woodturning Symposium, and the Irish Woodturner’s Guild Annual Seminar. Her work can be found in the Peabody Essex Museum and private collections in Australia, India, Taiwan and across the USA.