Working MethodThe artist Alexander Heil can often be found sitting in a café in Berlin with a sketchbook in his hands. There he sits and observes, takes it all in and captures these moments in sketches. Then, while walking through his wild chestnut forest in the mountains of Tessin, he looks for the appropriate tree trunks for the corresponding idea.
The artist gets his inspiration from a place somewhere between city and wild nature and creates powerful works of art. Using axes, chisels and power saws he creates his sculptures composed of flowing structures in an almost illustrative manner. The special, time-consuming patination gives the wood the appearance of very old objects of use. The black colouring of the wood is created as a result of the reaction with a metal following a secret formula.
The wood structures are partially moulded and cast in bronze. Once again the patination transforms the materiality and as a result the bronze sculpture often look like wood and the wooden sculptures look like metal.