Memory of Trees
white oak, cherry, ebonized cherry, pine, gold leaf
26” x 9” x 47”
The process Mark Ragonese goes through in the creation of a piece such as “Memory of Trees” is especially unique, personal, and astounding.
Ragonese climbed both the oak and the pine trees used for this sculpture before felling the now known and recognized mighty beings. His connection to his material is profound, and is expressed through the power of this piece.
wood, mixed media
49” x 14” x 3”
Mark Ragonese is a master woodworker, sculptor and multi-media artist who designs and builds one of a kind fine furniture, sculpture, and outdoor site and event specific installations.
Ragonese studied at the University of New Hampshire with Daniel Valenza, where he later served as studio technician and adjunct faculty. He apprenticed with Jon Brooks in 1987, and is an experienced teacher of mastery level woodworking and design. Ragonese has been a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 1983, a rostered artist with the NH State Council on the Arts and Very Special Arts since 1991, and is one of their state woodworking jurors.
In 1993 Ragonese received the Yamagata International Visual Arts Fellowship for his work with the disabled and disadvantaged. His residencies are specifically designed for each venue, using a wide variety of materials to make objects that illustrate and tell the story of the residency.
He stresses the importance of individuality, membership in a community, and the significance of a handmade object. Some residencies may even result in permanent installations.
For many years Mark Ragonese’s work could be found at the Society of Arts and Craft in Boston and in galleries in New York and Philadelphia. He now works by commission and teaches furniture making and sculpture privately and at several craft schools.
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