Weird Weekly Video: Oak-Leaf People in an Animated Forest

Still image from St. Boiface's Last Days
Still image from St. Boiface's Last Days

Peat Duggins takes us into an artist's forest as he explores technique in his new work St. Boniface's Last Days on view through October 23 at Art Palace.

Duggins uses a historic event as a source for imagery and themes for the works in his latest show.

As the legend goes, In 723, Germany's patron saint St. Boniface chopped down a sacred oak tree while taunting the gods of the Germanic tribesmen who worshipped it. Afterwards, he used the lumber to build the church that served as the home base for his missionary outreach.

Check out Duggins' video after the jump.

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The artist worked with tapestry, plastics and recycled drawings for past exhibitions. His interest in exploring techniques and mediums continues with his new work. In the Art Palace exhibit, a beautifully inlaid wood canvas depicts a savage snake devouring a butterfly.

In the above excerpt from the original video, creatures covered in multi-colored leaves ceremoniously parade through the illustrated forest. It's here where the RISD video-trained artist is at his technique-combining best, making use of all his talents: narrative, animation, illustration. He creates a world that engrosses the viewer in its natural beauty without letting us forget we're in an animated forrest. Have we really raped nature or are we just following its course?

Duggins is busy working on a documentary about his recent bike trip from Brownsville to Alaska.

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