We often search for forms in nature that remind us of something we recognize. For me the gnawing of the beaver on trees and the forms that this creates was the beginning of this project that has been going on for almost a year. The beaver is an important part of the biodiversity in the ecosystem. Fallen trees gives a habitat for fungus, insects and can even restrict water creating new marshlands.
In the forest i found dead elmtrees that had been attacked by elm disease, caused by a fungus. The elm borer spreads the spores of the fungus from the sick elms to healthy ones. This little beetle is 3-6mm long and lays its eggs beneath the bark of these fungus-infected elm trees.
Once hatched the larva gnaw out tunnels beneath the bark. These tunnels create patterns, that I have, artistically, with graphical techniques printed on paper.
Birch wood, dry wood is important to achive maximal heat in a fire. Birch bark is like gold, it can help you start a fire even if the wood isn't completley dry. I use birch wood every day to heat my house. During winter a series of sculptures emerged that create relations between small human stories and landscapes.