Petrified wood sculptures.
Petrified wood is a fossil in which the organic remains have been replaced by minerals in the slow process of being replaced with stone. This petrification process generally results in a quartz chalcedony mineralization. Special rare conditions must be met in order for the fallen stem to be transformed into fossil wood or petrified wood. In general, the fallen plants get buried in an environment free of oxygen (anaerobic environment), which preserves the original plant structure and general appearance. The other conditions include a regular access to mineral rich water in contact with the tissues, replacing the organic plant structure with inorganic minerals. The end result is petrified wood, a plant, with its original basic structure in place, replaced by stone. Exotic minerals allow the red and green hues that can be seen in rarer specimens.
Petrified wood sculptures by Akmal Jaya.
Akmal Jaya was born in June 1966 at Rengat, Riau. He went to art school in Padang before he went to ISI (Institut Seni Rupa Indonesia) in Yogyakarta, majoring in the art of statue. His ability to paint is acquired from his time at ISI. His Major in the Art of Statue also enhance his ability to understand proportion, anatomy, shape precision as well as expression. Since his earliest work, Akmal Jaya chose to use variety of stones as a media for his art. His past experience with stones includes granite, marble, obsidian and a fossilized timber. One of Akmal Jaya’s biggest influence for his art and life principle is the culture, values, as well as the daily life of locals in Yogyakarta.