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“Sculpting stories, from recycled and salvaged timber.”
Sandra Skodnik is a Queensland-based artist, woodcarver and sculptor, who creates unique and evocative limited-edition pieces for private and public spaces.
Bringing new life to recycled and salvaged timber, her preferred material, Sandra’s creativity draws out and develops the character and history of each piece of wood. Both she and her clients are delighted by timber that’s tossed aside for its ‘imperfections’ – bora holes, cracks, white ant damage – which Sandra perceives as opportunities for one-off pieces that may be functional, decorative or luxurious.
Sandra uses traditional hand carving techniques as well as rotary power tools to chisel her designs into the timber. Her work brings balance to the bold, natural shapes of the timber’s burls, encouraging thoughtful pause for passers-by in busy hotel and office foyers. She often decorates her wooden pieces with complementary materials – glass, leather, gold leaf – or uses casts to transform the timber to bronze. Sandra’s transformations from timber to bronze in public art spaces capture moments in time, inviting contemplation and rest.
Design is intuitive for Sandra and central in her life. She studied applied arts and completed a Diploma in graphic arts before beginning a career in that industry. She founded Sandra Skodnik Sculpture in 2006 and is enjoying increasing renown. Her work includes collaboration with a nephew who is a fine furniture maker.
Career highlights include the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize at the 2011 Maleny Wood Expo (Queensland) and recent commissions from Queensland’s Moreton Bay Regional Council.