We talk to London-based artist Dominic McHenry about the festive sculptures he created expressly for our seasonal campaign.
Drake's: Could you tell us about the Christmas tree sculpture project?
Dominic McHenry: The “Christmas trees” are, in a sense, turning wooden beams back into trees again. I tried to keep it simple and bold. There is always a temptation to keep going when it comes to Christmas.
How are your sculptures made? What materials are you using?
These are made from pine. The timber comes from a saw mill in the Cotswolds where I made them. I started to shape them out with a hand saw but soon realised the enormity of it. My brand new chainsaw came into its own with this project. I was very tentative to start with but I soon got into the swing of it.
How do you decorate your own home for Christmas? Did you keep a tree sculpture for yourself? And what are your plans for the holidays?
Last year I had two Christmas trees in my flat in London. I couldn’t choose between them so I thought, why not? I hung one upside down. This year everything is in question. I’m not even sure where I’ll be.
I didn’t keep any tree sculptures in the end because my last show was cancelled due to the spring lockdown, meaning every spare space I have is taken up with my sculptures. It’s cluttered, but I think it looks great.