Artist Statement

“The artwork you see here is more like a proposition, a proposition that the blade is mightier than the sword or the pen.”

Gord Peteran   |   Toronto, Canada

The artwork you see here is more like a proposition, a proposition that the blade is mightier than the sword or the pen. And that in fact, the hand plane, the seemingly passive hand plane is a weapon. A symbol of aggression, much like a machine gun or a dueling pistol. Maybe woodworkers are more dangerous than we think. I think the act of making objects can be as harmful as it is helpful.

We think we are innocent, especially woodworkers. I mean, Christ was a carpenter. Why did they choose carpenter? Give me a break. Because carpenters are all nice and they only do good? They also build after taking over our countries and killing everybody. They are not all innocent. It’s just a little proposition. Building is an aggressive act.