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6 Sculptors

It is not clear when sculptors began to be considered as separate from the mason carvers. In the struggle to elevate art to a profession rather than a trade, an attempt was made to separate craft from art. When the pointing machine came into general use, it further widened the professional gap. Sculptors stayed away from anything so dusty or exhausting as carving, while assistants worked from the master's model to produce the work in stone.

 

Glass of milk by Felipe Cohen, BrazilButtercup by Jean-Francois Demeure

 

Some sculptors today are trying different ways to squeeze extra meaning out of the stone. One way is by linking stone with other materials. Artists have combined stone with sulphur, salt, butter, milk - all of which are evocative materials. They have anointed carvings with oil echoing the spiritual and cultural treatment of stone in the East. When stone is combined with plaster, a material that was once stone, it plays with two states of the same matter. Stones sourced from a specific identifiable place, or reusing a stone with a history, can add layers of meaning because of the material's connection to a wider geography or an earlier situation. New ways of thinking about stone are still being found.


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