My Personal Sculpture – Raw and Intimate
My personal sculpture is very different from my commissioned work, in style and subject matter.
For 25 years I was happy to sculpt to commission – giving form to other people’s stories. This changed when, emboldened by the MeToo movement, I confronted my past. It was a traumatic experience that proved to be a liberating turning point for me – as a woman and as an artist.
These sculptures are more raw than my previous work, without extraneous detail or polish. Tool marks, and even the surface of the block, are left visible – a record of the process of creation. Using the Direct Carving approach, I allow the stone to guide me as to the final form; I lay down my chisels at the point when I see that the stone is imbued with emotion and story, and further detail is unnecessary.