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“Human history is universally bonded to stone” –Giancarlo Calicchia

The glacial granite boulders were transported to this part of the world by the glacial action of millions of years ago, pieces broken off from Granite Mountains in Canada and the Arctic Circle and brought to Alaska along with deposits of soil and organic debris. These “Witnesses” have been sitting on or under the earth from before the arrival of man and through the arrival of man. They have “seen” it all, from the most remote times to the present. I believe that they were waiting for me, as speakers and observers patiently waiting for their turn at being recognized as beacons of strength and survival. When I cut into these pieces I enter a world never seen before by human kind. During the working process I am left wondering whether I am shaping them or they are shaping me. These pieces of stone have resisted all that nature has brought against them and with equal ferocity they refuse to submit to the sculptor’s chisel. Working with granite is a strenuous process and a series of unsettling compromises. More than creating art I feel a profound spiritual kinship. I believe that together we are on a journey towards our final destination of rising above the earth and participating with an open heart and mind as witnesses of the future. They have been silent witnesses, to the making of this part of the world. My purpose as a sculptor has been to shape, form, and prepare them for another millennium of witnessing openly and freely.

My approach to sculpture is a dialogue between memory, history and shape. Perception is shaped by experience and past history.

 

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