Working with stone has always been a joy for me. Stones have already participated in several states of Life before being transformed once more into sculpture. The material is not man-made and is forever sacredly old. To me the stone has the potential to communicate its contradictory softness, its sensuousness, its courageous vulnerability, and beautiful strength and elegance as other natural materials do. I attempt to participate with a feeling of special privilege. It many times is an experience of meditation, of receiving something from the earth long ago. I try to listen, it always teaches.
As I proceed I try to observe closely and learn about an individual material’s inner Grace, movement of visual textures, repetition of veins, weight and tension of mass. I can, if successful, then allow the stone to work itself; or maybe to “work me" - (i.e.: if a stone breaks, work with it to allow it to become what it will!). There are no mistakes in nature.
Most of the works in this Gallery are available for purchase. Please contact Kathleen for more information.
An In Process Gallery of Kathleen's current entry in Grand Rapids Michigan's ArtPrize which runs from September 19th thru October 7th 2012.
Totem began its transformation from rough stone to sculpture in a hot, Indiana quarry field in the Summer of 2011. I began carving Totem from a 1200 pound, eight cubic foot, block using air-powered hammers, chisels and diamond bladed saws. For the final stages of the work I used a combination of hand files and sand paper to produce the organic surface texture.
Totem pays homage to 3 earlier sculptures of mine – Thoracic Part, Dama Vertebrae, and Dama Pelvis. Each sculpture found its inspiration from a young deer’s skeleton that my dog Ingrid discovered during a walk in the Ohio woods.
Of course, Totem is clearly an abstract work. But like most abstract visual art, it is grounded in familiar forms that evoke a feeling in you.
The pelvic bone of a young deformed deer inspired “Dama Pelvis". While walking in the woods with my 14-year-old Weimaraner, I came across the skeletal remains of a deer. The deer had been extremely deformed throughout its skeleton, which was intriguing and interesting. The bones reminded me of the sacred-ness and fragility of Life. I knew that I would create this sculpture as a memorial gesture. I took the original pelvic bone and made sketches on paper and in clay. The balanced asymmetry of the sculpture is quite deliberate.