Blue Flounce, 2015

• sodalite & labradorite
• 14” H x 6” W x 5” D (36cm H x 15cm W x 13cm D)
• $ 1,350.00 US  SOLD

michael binkley sculptor sculpture female nude torso

michael binkley sculptor sculpture female nude torso

michael binkley sculptor sculpture female nude torso

Michael Binkley carved this abstracted female torso sculpture, titled “Blue Flounce” from sodalite – a gem-like cousin to lapis lazuli. Sodalite is a deep ultramarine blue colour and forms in a grey base stone, called nepheline. This particular piece has a multi hued band running through it and Binkley took advantage of this to create the illusion of a colourful dress. The artist carved the hemline in a swirl to mimic the stone’s pattern and it looks like the female figure is dancing and her dress is flouncing up.

Binkley polished the sculpture surfaces to a high, mirror-like sheen in order to accentuate the stone’s colours. Binkley mounted it on a circular base of labradorite, which has a bluish pearlescent colour. This is another of Binkley’s sculptures that allows him to carve the female form, but the figure is not nude. The resulting sculpture has all the attributes of the graceful female form, but appeals to the more conservative collector of figurative art work.

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