Suze Woolf – Bark Beetle Book Volume XX


© 2018
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 6 x 3.5 x 3.5

In stock

About this piece:

Unwinding through Time: The small log or branch has bark beetle galleries on it, likely from the Pityogenes family. In chewing between the bark and wood, their larvae effectively girdle the tree, killing it.

The “pages” here are strips of USFS Aerial Detection Survey maps wound into a triangular helical cylinder origami fold. The maps show a small portion of North Central Washington from 1996 to 2009; the red pixels indicate tree mortality, a large portion of which is from bark beetle depredations.

The fold was invented to transport cylinders in the smallest possible size to space stations.

Thanks to US Forest Service Information Center, Region 9, for aerial detection survey maps. Thanks to Cambridge University Professors’ Guest and Pellegrino’s Folding Cylinders papers.


wood, paper, metal

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Seattle, Washington, United States

Suze Woolf’s work is about human relationships to nature. A painter, she explores media from watercolor to paper-casting, artist books to pyrography and installation–sometimes all together. She has exhibited at home in Washington State, but also Utah, Maryland, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona and Washington DC. She has received awards from arts groups, universities, residencies in Zion, Glacier, Capitol Reef and North Cascades National Parks, Grand Canyon Trust; and art colonies Banff Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Willowtail Springs, Jentel and Playa.


Suze Woolf – Bark Beetle Book Volume XX