ITALIAN Soapstone + EMBROIDERY THREAD
6" x 4.5" x 3"
This piece began with a very simple shape sketch. The details worked and wormed their way out during the carving process. I felt the need to take more and more out from the inside, leaving a sense of a shell, further exemplified by the delicate curved etching. It began to express to me a feeling of what we show the world versus what we try to keep hidden - that feeling when you believe you are barely holding it together inside, taut with fine lines, trying to bind your fragilities and fears in while showing a pretty and ornate exterior. This idea continues to percolate.