Forest Story

Vicki Eldridge

While taking my dog Willow for a walk in the creek, I stumbled upon a fascinating piece of wood protruding from the water. Its stubs jutted out in every direction, and I immediately envisioned it as the perfect perch for the skull I had just finished. This skull was unique for me—it was my first with a white base, giving it a slightly blue hue that happened to match some of the veins in the wood. I wanted this piece to be seen in a different light than my previous work, which had all been hung up. Inspired to create a seated sculpture, I lugged the water-soaked wood about a mile home, dried it out, and after an hour of repositioning, found the perfect spot to mount it. With the addition of beehives, turkey tail mushrooms, and moss, the sculpture transformed into a captivating “forest story.”