Carving Imagination Into Reality

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Carving, therefore, was not simply a technique or skilled process of creating. To be technically proficient at utilizing the tools of the stone carver was merely not enough in Moore’s eyes. It meant something greater than mimetic reproduction of the artist’s concept in materials. Today, however, it is typically troublesome to fully recognize the critical and cultural charge that Moore and others attributed to carving and the virtually evangelical tenor hooked up to the debates about carving. But thinking about carving as one thing cultural and conceptual, in addition to technical, helps to revive one thing of the aliveness and investments of these debates.

Moore advised an anecdote about acquiring some ‘samples of wood from the Commonwealth which have been being discarded by the Natural History Museum, where I knew the Director.’ In this colonial cache, from which he made Standing Woman 1923 (walnut … Read More