Sandra Skodnik is an Australian artist, wood carver and sculptor who creates limited edition, unique and evocative pieces for private and public spaces.
In giving new life to recycled and salvaged timber, Sandra’s imagination and creativity draw out the character, personality and history of each piece of wood.
“You must understand that I live with my art collection.”
– Elton John
Pieces of timber tossed aside for their ‘imperfections’ – bora holes, cracks, white ant damage – delight both Sandra and her clients.
Hand-carved designs are chiseled into the timber to balance the bold, natural shape of the burls, encouraging thoughtful pause for passers-by in busy hotel and office foyers.
“Recycled timber is my preferred material; it’s always full of surprises.”
– Sandra Skodnik
“My sculpture thrives in the context of the city, interacting with people in the course of their daily lives.”
– Janet Echelman
Bronze or resin casts complement the wood’s natural form, creating new life from its natural beauty.
Sandra’s transformations from timber to bronze in public art spaces capture moments in time, inviting contemplation and rest.
“We are drawn to works that have beauty and depth, that are evocative, contemplative and sometimes mysterious.”
“Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.”
– Bruce Lee
For Sandra, the natural marks of nature are part of the story, the history and the character of the timber and she instantly visualizes how these can be enhanced.
“Think left and think right and think high. Oh, the thinks you could think up if you try.”
– Dr Seuss
“Enjoy a moment of stillness.”