Wings Marble Sculptures – Pedestal & Wall Hanging Installations
The Wings marble sculptures are a series of sculptures in hand carved Italian marble, paper, charcoal, mixed media and video. The wing series was born out of the concept of the human condition. Humanity and the rise and fall of countless civilizations reveals a seemingly cyclical, endless cycle. Immortality and beauty are only transient forms of illusion. However, far from the desolation such a realization could entail, the wing is embraced as a symbol of change. The fragmented wings represent the aspiration of the soul towards a higher condition.
The word “marble” derives from the Ancient Greek μάρμαρον (mármaron), from μάρμαρος (mármaros), “crystalline rock, shining stone.” Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism (heat) of a very pure (silicate-poor) limestone or dolomite protolith. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, or iron oxides, which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone.
One can never abandon their origins, and so it is with paint for me. Without going to the lengths of the Greeks and their colorful painted marble sculptures, I discovered that Chinese ink stains easily into the marble surface. These subtle traces of black and grey are used to emphasize and offset the whiteness of the marble. Marble is never uniform in color, each type is quarried and mined from a particular part of the mountain and these veins often mix into each other. Statuario is prized because of its seemingly white uniformity, but upon closer inspection it is full of traces of color and warmth. The marble sculptures should be seen as a symbol of fusion that includes the entire spectrum of color.