Kevin McCardell - Carver
Born in 1958 in the Waikato, Kevin grew up in Rotorua where he went to school, before embarking on a career in the NZ Police. After 12 years he took early retirement and whilst doing various jobs decided to teach himself to carve. That was nearly 25 years ago.
A practical person by nature, and a realist by experience, he now creates sculptures which appear life like, and which reflect the different layers of detail that make up that reality.
A new coat is a new coat, but a worn weathered coat is a story of the one who lived in it. In a sculptural form, he embodies it's character. 'The feeling of home' you get from a jacket hanging at the door... These thoughts can allow us to identify with the sculpture, and perhaps a part of ourselves.
The timber he uses for his sculptures is New Zealand Kauri. It is from the stumps and head logs of wind fallen trees, the barrels of which have been milled over the past 120 years. Left behind to be reclaimed by nature, he feels privileged to be able to transform some of the remains of these great trees so they may endure in a new form for many years to come.
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