The pencil is more than a writing implement – it’s a symbol of creativity and potential. Exploring the structural possibilities of graphite and wood, artist Jessica Drenk turns familiar old Ticonderogas into forms inspired by nature. Influenced by systems of information and a desire to classify and understand the world, her sculptures are beautiful representations of one of the most primitive recording devices.
Drenk says “By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is made complex, and the commonplace becomes unique.”
Her pencil sculptures look like they were made through natural processes such as the weathering of wind or the erosion of water. The pencils are set in a matrix resembling honeycomb or insect-hollowed logs. Drenk brings the carefully crafted pencil back to the earth by considering its composition as a set of natural materials manipulated by humans.