Red Sand Stone Trimmed With Black Marble
Amboni Harmany Foundation Residency Invitational Workshop, Mumbi, India, 2010
7' x 5' x 6'
This sculpture has elements that are both incongruent and parallel at the same time. The sharp contrast between the red sandstone and black marble lacks subtlety whereas the surfaces of the two stones are subtly textured. The space between them allows the viewer to look to the other side of the sculpture.
My stone sculpture pieces were done at a workshop in India. They are executed in red sandstone to represent the "lower class" and black marble to represent the Brahmin class. In combining the two materials I tried to emphasize the multifaceted aspect of the human condition in the individual and in the larger society. Both works invite engagement with the viewers as they can walk around, through, and under the work. Believing that sculpture should be part of everyday life, I included two stones so that viewers can sit down by the work. I celebrated the natural aspect and texture of the stones as they came from the quarry, modifying texture and shape only when necessary to suit my design.