By

Carol Griffin
  In 2011, I had begun working closely with my mentor, Lorrie Goulet, for about a year. I decided to ask for her advice. When Lorrie looked at a picture of the piece, she was as dismayed as I was that there was not enough material for a proper size head. She advised me to...
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  Here, I’ve used a compressor to clear off the tool marks and further clarify the forms. I’ve begun to notice something that I don’t like — the proportion of the head seems too small! The thing about carving — its subtractive nature — is that once material is carved away, it’s gone. If too...
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Here, I’ve blocked the main forms using hammer and chisels. — at The Art Students League of New York.      
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Oriata was a real challenge. In raw form, she was a beautiful 200 pound, two-foot high block of Carrara marble. This was back in 2005 while I was studying at the Art Students League — and before I understood the joys of direct carving. I began the piece (sadly, looking back on it now) as...
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