Tenents of Sculpture

Sculpture is the making of objects. Stone carving is manual labor, making an object from the ancient stone, a combination of conscious and unconscious decisions that yield a shape and form with a presence of its own. One must admire the material and like the work for it is time-consuming and does not yield results easily. Upon completion, the object is “there”, forever, and that is satisfying to me.

During the carving of a piece, I spend a great deal of time seeking the flow of forms which seem to become inevitable for that piece. The result is a combination of conscious and unconscious decisions, an object with a “presence” of its own.

Listening to the material speak and following it to the inevitable conclusion, my goal is to create flowing abstract forms that connect us to ancient, yet common, notions of figurative beauty.

My sculpture has to do with forms that evoke thoughts and emotions that I believe are common to all people. The shapes that I render are meant to draw on feelings that had meaning in pre-history and are just as meaningful today.

The forms in my sculpture most often have a relationship to the human figure, but they are abstract and re-combined. My sculpture deals with shapes and ideas that have emotional and intellectual content for me. My hope is that the content of a piece is not superficial in nature and that people will value looking at it over time.

William C. Stone

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