All too often, old pieces of wood get looked upon as weathered, warped, splintered, or cracked. Those of us challenge by adversity some-times get viewed in a similar way. Through art however, any object or individual can become revived, reshaped, & refined. Such is the case for Boonducks, as it applies to both the hatcher & hatched.
Due to 50+ years of vision loss from macular degeneration, Northwoods artisan & author, D.S. Sully, describes himself as creatively “out of sight”. Known as “Stargardt’s, his vision impairment affects the central acuity, that which is most often relied on for detail work & reading. Instead, Sully utilizes peripheral acuity to emphasize animated contours & contrasts. While doing so, he employs the same methods & hand tools as old world artisans. Resulting from a unique perspective and inspirational representation, Sully’s waterfowl folk art reflects the way he sees the winged world around him.
Boonducks begin in the boondocks. Migrating from the rustic backroads & backwaters of rural Wisconsin, these caricatures of nature are hatched out of barn beams, cabin timbers, pier pilings, & other vintage wood. This year Sully is creating a series of “Barnies” from Woodwalk/Door County barn wood.