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Chimp

 

    



     Chimp
               1995

     Indian granite       

     10 x 15 x 22 cm

     PRIVATE COLLECTION

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first granite piece I attempted, the hardness of the material determined I had to use tungsten-tipped chisels. The toughness of the stone also alters the way the sculpture will progress, in terms of what and how tools can be used. Only small chips of stone can be removed, at a slower rate as chisel-breakage is more of a worry, and my grinding tools are less able to directly shape the form as can be done with softer stones.

This is the first stone carving I did that I still find interesting now, its basic form is interesting but also it does not seem contrived, which is a great danger with any abstract art work. I don't know why I called it 'chimp', I think it seemed like a chimp fossil of some sort