Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening sticks together, Patrick Dougherty creates works of art that fit the natural landscape. His diverse forms evoke images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives. Over the last 25 years, Dougherty has built more than 200 works throughout the world, ranging from stand-alone structures to a kind of modern primitive architecture. The sculptures are constructed on-site using local materials and volunteer labor. Featuring a wealth of photographs and drawings documenting the construction process of each remarkable structure, Stickwork preserves the legend of the man who weaves tangles of twigs and branches into a singular artistic triumph—something wild, elegant, artful, and often humorous.
The publication complements the exhibition Stickwork on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from May 14, 2015, to December 31, 2016.