Bill Botzow, Cam
Two of my sculptures reside along the Jennings Brook Trail. Cam rests on an old stump beside the path. The material is white pine and the sections came from a tree uprooted in a severe microburst. The spiraling form suggests an industrial cam which is used to induce variable motion. The sculpture’s siting and form also suggest fungal growth on old trees.
Bill Botzow lives in Pownal, Vermont. He was born in NYC in 1945 and grew up in Mt. Kisco, NY. He graduated from Princeton University in 1968, moved to NYC and worked in the N.Y. Urban League Street Academy Program for two years. He relocated to rural West Virginia in the seventies, then lived in Vermont, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, and Colorado until he moved in 1982 to Pownal, VT with his wife Ruth.
He has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. In recent years his work has engaged directly with the natural environment. Ongoing projects often use material gathered in efforts to improve the health of his small post agricultural woodland. Examples are trees destroyed by severe weather events and invasive species gathered in combatting forest infestations. His aim is an art form that enhances and values natural processes and places.
Botzow regularly posts images of his sculpture on Instagram @billbotzow.