Defining the Sculptor... Many of the words I would use to describe sculpting in stone are words that one would associate with describing the attributes of a person. How can that be? How can an inanimate piece of marble ever be compared to human characteristics? Working with marble is unforgiving, the slightest mistake can cause permanent and irreparable damage, but if you respect the marble it will reward you, at times beyond ones greatest expectations! Leo Mutti, the Artisan that nurtured me when I sculpted “Rescue”, the work I created as a memorial to the Oklahoma City Bombing, compared carving stone with the rearing of a child. He would say “be respectful as to how you strike the stone, the angle must be right and the power of the hammer and chisel must by in sync. If you don’t show that respect as you work deeper into the marble you could find a fissure, a bruise or an irreparable crack. It is like raising a child, if you aren’t sensitive, respectful, but forceful the damage will only appear years later…” What could be more powerful?
Miles Slater, Double Helix (Wave), 2015, Sculpture, Bardiglio Marble, Base: Black Granite, (72 x 12 x 6 in.), Base size: (12 x 6 x 8 in.)
Miles Slater, Oculus (Small), 2016, Sculpture, Bardiglio Marble, Base: Black Granite, (26 x 26.5 in.), Base size: (5 x 11 x 17.5 in.)
Miles Slater, Oculus II (Granito), 2016, Sculpture, Granite, Base: Black Granite, (40 x 6 in.), Base size: (5.5 x 28 x 6 in.)
Miles Slater, Oculus I (Large), 2016, Sculpture, Bardigilo Marble, Base: Black Granite, (32 x 6 in.), Base size: ( 18 x 4 x 8 in.)