I’ve been working for 5 weeks now at my friends’ studio in Seravezza, Italy and am pleased that my Muse has returned. One of the key goals of Michelle’s and my year living and working abroad has been fulfilled.
I was asked by my cousin Carly, an elementary school teacher in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada if I would connect with her class of art students via Skype. She is introducing them to stone carving and thought it would be fun to see me working in Italy. Unfortunately, due to scheduling and the time difference, a Skype session was not possible. So I made a video (below) of me working in studio instead.
I’ve learned that the studio has a long history, dating back to the Renaissance. The town of Seravezza was established by Michelangelo when he was commissioned to find new marble quarries to the east and develop a road to transport the marble blocks to the sea for shipping. Nicolas and Cynthia’s studio used to be a trout farm and then became a marble slabbing factory. A devastating flood in Seravezza 1996 closed the factory and the two artists bought it in 1999. They have restored a lot of it and renovated the rest to become the art centre it now is. Their company is called ARTCO and they have developed Fondazione ARKAD that is a well connected platform to promote and encourage the art of stone sculpture both locally and internationally. Currently, they are hosting the exhibition, “Cava.”
I’ve included the sculptures I have begun work on to date in this video and explained the use of the tools I have with me. As it is impossible for me to bring my entire Canadian studio with me in my suitcase, I am only roughing out sculptures here in Italy and I will ship them back to Canada to be completed there next year.
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