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Artist Bryan Nash Gill creates incredible, intricate designs from large-scale relief prints of the cross sections of trees.

The labor is intense, but the art extracted from the rings and ridges is both mysterious and immediate.

Bryan Nash Gill is an artist living and working in New Hartford, Conn. The images  are excerpted from his new book, Woodcut, now available from Princeton Architectural Press.

All images © copyright the artist, all rights reserved.

TMN:

Do you have a least favorite tree?

Bryan Nash Gill:

No.

TMN:

How often do you find yourself thinking about time?

Bryan Nash Gill:

All the time.

TMN:

What’s your daily schedule like?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Coffee. Studio along with family and household responsibilities. Cocktail. Dinner. Studio. Bed.

TMN:

What is your favorite object made out of plastic?

Bryan Nash Gill:

A toothbrush.

TMN:

What artists do you like at the moment?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Anna Hepler and Edward Villiers.

TMN:

What is your favorite smell?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Peonies.

TMN:

What’s your professional opinion of IKEA furniture?

Bryan Nash Gill:

None.

TMN:

What is the most rewarding step of creating these prints?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Revealing the true nature, growth patterns, and uniqueness of the wood onto paper.

TMN:

When are you satisfied with a print?

Bryan Nash Gill:

When the print sings.

TMN:

Are you a morning person? A night person?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Both.

TMN:

What’s the highest you’ve climbed in a tree?

Bryan Nash Gill:

I’m afraid of heights.

TMN:

As a student, were you better in biology or art?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Art.

TMN:

Coffee or tea?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Coffee.

TMN:

Where haven’t you been but would most like to visit?

Bryan Nash Gill:

Disneyland with my six-year-old son.

Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded The Morning News. He is the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down and You Lost Me There. His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His Kindle e-book for The Morning News Editions, about visiting different American towns called Paris, was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. More information can be found at his website. More by Rosecrans Baldwin