Slow mass

Slow mass

This stone carving business is again and again taking me by surprise, in how much it requires of me to slow down and to be patient also counting in the size of the stone, a scale I am not yet familiar with. Talking of size…the weight is almost unmanageable…almost!! with a few rollers, sandbags as well as a huge leaver I succeed in moving the 200kg into a different position, luckily it did not drop off the workbench in the process, phew, never thought it could feel so satisfying moving a lump of rock. Of course what greets me on the other side is a unworked surface…now a new challenge starts, how to move the form within the three dimensional landscape, I know I want some “twisting, pulling, rising”, do I want it to happen within one form or in several forms. I don’t know…want to work it out but won’t get the chance for a few days, so here I unplug myself again, trying to focus on the time that I will have next week to carve rather then thinking of the days I haven’t got.

Stone 1, 05.05.2013

Stone 1, 05.05.2013

Stone 1 "the other side", 05.05.2013

Stone 1 “the other side”, 05.05.2013

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Form 2

Form 2

What is form?…a frozen moment in time..visible ultimate structure..can it be fluid, ephemeral, transient when made out of stone? Stone was not always hard, cold and solid, surely it can be taken back to a point when the mass was was not structured..would it work as a form, what would the form look like? How does form come about? It depends on so many factors, the mass, time, the energy it has been exposed to..Is it possible to have opposing forces playing into the mass or would the result be a chaotic weak form?..I am waiting to pick up a piece of stone from Cornwall at some point over the next two weeks, big enough to get my teeth into (well not literally) and to let my questions and hesitations rest whilst working out some of these in the material itself.

1-2-3-4 clay models, April 2013

1-2-3-4 clay models, April 2013

 

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