There is a mysterious and unpredictable beauty to working with stone that continually attracts me to it as an artistic medium. Whether dimensioned or natural, no two stones are the same, and each stone presents new possibilities and challenges. This, coupled with the direct method of sculpting in which once material is taken away from a stone there is no returning it that creates a dynamic dialogue between myself and a stone during the carving process. It involves a measure of certainty of decision tempered by the fluidity to respond to the finality of the choice. Stone is full of surprises, spanning the spectrum from serendipitous to unfortunate, and it is in this atmosphere of tension between the known and unknown that the sculpture takes form.
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Copyright by Peter Hanson, Santa Cruz