Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Granite sculpture, inspired by Giacometti's method

"This was followed by a unique artistic phase in which his statues of Isabel became stretched out; her limbs elongated.Obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly as he envisaged through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size of a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation. After his marriage to Annette Arm his tiny sculptures became larger, but the larger they grew, the thinner they became. Giacometti said that the final result represented the sensation he felt when he looked at a woman."

I want to have a go with my local rock, Lewisian Gneiss, the same rock used for the Callanish stones. It is not uniform like granite and I'd like to follow the natural flow of the material. The challenge of the material is that it is very hard. Giacometti's creative process resulting in these figures has got me interested.


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