There’s a point where you just have to say fuck it and start working.
I’ve had some beautiful beautiful stones for sculpture work since 2010, and I’ve sat and looked at them, talked to them, stroked them, and just generally got to know them. Last fall, I gave them a warning that I’d been approaching them in the spring to start work.
True to my promise, I grabbed my angle grinder and got to work. The thing with stone is that once you start carving, you’re not able to go back. Well you CAN go back with the addition of say a clay piece, or a bronze piece but at this point, I’m a bit of a purist in that I want everything clean and upfront and transparent. Do or die. Not die specifically, but you know what I mean.
Here is one beforehand. It is alabaster and one I felt very close to over the years. We watched tv together, we talked during the commercials. We hung out.
With the subtractive process, that’s all you got. With clay or plasticine or wax it can be additive or subtractive – took too much off, just add it back in again: not with stone. So I take my sweet time with the sculpture, from conception to finishing.
After some working:
This sculpture is still underway. How long do one of these works take me? From receipt of stone, to conception of what will be done to actual work, could be years. This sculpture is five years in the making and looks like we’ll be done this spring. I’ll miss her when she’s done, but that’s always how it is. I know our friendship will never end.