The word “terroir” resounds insistent in my head as I contemplate Big Woods, a new collection of wood sculpture from Aaron Poritz. If ever there was a maker informed by the elements of place, it is he. Aaron grew up in Leverett, a small town in the Pioneer Valley of northern Massachusetts, a land of rare wild beauty, with dense forests, rushing rivers, deep valleys, and striking vistas. A solitary boy, nature was his close companion, trees his friends. In a stream in the woods near his house, he used to catch trout and cook them along its banks. In those same woods, he built his first dwelling, a fort, from spruce and hemlock.
Excerpt from “BIG WOODS” Essay, by Marisa Bartolucci