The Sculpturist

Moebius Ad Infinitum.. Brazillian soapstone; about 20″ tall, 16 to 18″ long and 8 or so inches deep.. heavy.. in private collection. Produced around 1997.

I was introduced to the world of sculpting in the late 80’s when my mother brought home a piece by a North West Territories sculptor. I was enthralled with it’s lines and movement.. it danced, standing still. 

In the early 90’s I relocated to Banff.. sort of.. and Calgary.. sort of.. nowhere really in specific as I was meandering around North America.. hitch hiking the highways and biways of the continent in search of… anything.. of myself.. of reality.. of an escape from the crushing and debilitating belief that I was NO USE. Oddly, I’ve given one poignant piece to the source of all my disbelief.. 

Homme De Terre, about 12″ tall, 6″ wide (max) and about 2 or 3″ deep; virtually destroyed by a roommates kitten.. rejuvinated recently, with new photos to come shortly.

At the time I stopped sculpting (paused, more like it), I was just bringing humanist elements in to the work, as seen at left. At this time, I was living in Kelowna and I pushed myself outside of my abused boundaries. I was talking to Mark Burnett about creating a piece that would embody the ideals and ideas of his endurance race “Eco Challenge.” At the time, I had no phone so I would go to the bank and change bills to rolls of quarters, go to a nearby (and recognizably quiet) phone booth and.. plunk away. I’d wait on the line.. we’d chat about the idea. My vision was for a two faced piece almost fully human sized with the front being female torso in relief while the backside would be concave and contain a male torso carved in to the piece. The key failure of our discussions revolved around the sculpture.. Mr. Burnet wanted it to be a one- off.. I envisioned it as a Stanley Cup type award where the annual winners would receive miniature bronze replicas and the full sized piece would always reside in the race offices.. each year, growing taller by one level of winners.

After leaving Kelowna, I rarely~ if ever~ had the space or access to raw materials to pursue sculpting. The couple remaining pieces that I toted around with me.. always reminded me that it was/ is a key component to my creative output.

On that note- for my entire life I have felt that creative output wasn’t something that was a luxury.. it was a necessity. And now.. with the space and materials available I will be exploring this realm in greater detail.

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