Thursday, 28 August 2014
Monday, 25 August 2014
It has been a great three weeks, the sun has shone on four artists wrestling granite in the fabulous Contemporary Arts International, Acton Massachusetts. The closing ceremony brought in some lovely people and it was so good to see so many friendly faces from my previous visits to New England. It perhaps is not a 'closing' but a gathering of friends before the next time we meet. I thank all those able to get along and make the day so much fun.
The stone ready to move
in position in the "New Archaeology" underneath, Andy Moerlein's 'skull'
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Saturday, 23 August 2014
Last day and it is off to the quarry for a little light dusting and re arranging the furniture.
From this, my stone is at the base and had to be moved so I was not working directly beneath Andy Moerlein, to this …….
Thursday, 21 August 2014
I was going to call this 'Fun with 4" grinder' but thought better of it. Not much left to do and the closing knees up is on Saturday
Sunday, 17 August 2014
The air tools arrived today, hurrah! I need slim chisels to clean out the crevices so they don't look like they have just been slices by the grinder. Carving is a solitary occupation, the compressor and the grinder are very noisy so it is visor and industrial ear protection. I also use gel gloves as the air tools vibrate so much and the gel absorbs the vibration, however the rattle is so strong I think my teeth are coming loose.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
I am losing track of time. A symposium jolly to New York was brilliant, our feet didn't touch the ground. Storm King sculpture park on the way down with enormous sculptures and some great David Smiths, Guggenheim Museum, Central park in the rain, saw a red tailed hawk on the Metropolitan museum, an Afghani meal, Czech beer garden and Times Square (a visual overload if ever there was one) and our digs, the studio of a Taiwanese activist.
Statten Island ferry in the morning, followed by a walk up through Wall Street to the site of the twin towers, then to China town to watch a dodgy deal involving fake Gucci handbags out side the window where we were eating
the New Museum showing Arab artists, very political works about the difficulties of for e.g., migrant workers, Lebanese displacement.
In Union Square we were surrounded by a very moving and peaceful protest about the deaths of black men at the hands of the Police on one side and the Hare Krishna chants on the other. Then it was home back to the peace and quiet of the quarry and a lump of granite to wrestle with.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
And these are the most excellent chums, Susan and Russell who were my host family on my first visit, completely lovely people standing in front of my sculpture from 2011
It was so good to catch up with friends, see my sculpture, the new additions from other symposiums and a glorious meal with John and Nadiya Weidman
No chipmunks! This is quite heartbreaking however as I carve I have tiny frogs hopping about beneath my feet and dragonflies hovering about all the time. Occasionally and not often enough, a humming bird which are exquisite. The woodchuck keeps a very low profile but he can just about be seen beneath the foliage. A swim in the quarry pool at the end of the day rounds things off.
Friday, 8 August 2014
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Being in the sun means factor 50 for my delicate skin. I have a canopy which means I am working in the shade most of the time but I need to walk around occasionally, I talk to the other artists, get a drink etc, so factor 50 it is, this needs topping up regularly. However by the time I have done 5 minutes carving I am covered in a fine layer of dust so putting on the sun cream gives me a facial scrub, some people pay a lot of money for that- maybe this rugged form of exfoliation could catch on.