Suze Woolf – Bark Beetle Book Vol. XIX: Poetry Sticks


© 2018
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 8.5 x 1 & 9 x 1


About this piece:

Hiking through forests burned and yet to burn, I observe the hieroglyphic “scribing” of bark beetles on inner bark and wood. The winding marks seem like a script I cannot read, as if their trails (called “galleries”) are cryptograms we fail to decipher. A book, loosely termed, is a collection of messages, and incorporating raw materials from nature becomes a meditation on those materials’ disturbing beauty, as well as an opportunity to learn.

Beetle-kill is compounded by climate change: at first, it’s trees stressed by heat and drought that are more vulnerable to attack; further the beetles’ larvae no longer freeze during warmer winters so reproduction rates soar, tipping their populations from endemic to epidemic.

This pair of beetle-engraved sticks contains two poems by biology instructor Melinda Mueller.


wood, paper, thread, deerskin

About the artist:

Lives and works in Seattle, Washington, United States

Suze Woolf’s work is about human relationships to nature. A painter, she explores a range of media from paper-casting and artist books to pyrography and installation, sometimes all together.

She has exhibited in Washington but also Utah, B.C., Alberta, Maryland, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Washington DC. Her work is in many public and private collections. She has received art grants, and residencies in Zion, Glacier, Capitol Reef and North Cascades national parks, Grand Canyon Trust; and art colonies Banff Centre, the Vermont Studio Center, Willowtail Springs, Jentel and Playa.

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Suze Woolf – Bark Beetle Book Vol. XIX: Poetry Sticks

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 1 min