Modern Dance, 2012
• indiana limestone
• 9” H x 16” W x 7” D (23cm H x 41cm W x 18cm D)
• $ 1,500.00 US
Michael Binkley carved this representational original stone sculpture of a female nude from a block of limestone that is quarried in the state of Indiana, USA. This particular limestone has been used for decades for architectural purposes. For example, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC is made of this stone and the Empire State Building is veneered with it. Being a sedimentary rock, the grain of this limestone has evidence of tiny shell shards and is deceptive in appearance. To the eye, it looks rough, but Binkley has carved and polished the female figure to a silky smooth surface that is a surprise to the touch.
This limestone fine art sculpture is another in Binkley’s ongoing series of what he calls his “Rubenesque” figures. These are large proportioned nudes that are depicted in humourous situations and this one is a female performing modern dance.
She has very generous hips and buttocks, yet she appears to be quite nimble. She is crouched on the ground and her arms indicate the final movement of her performance. She smiles as she looks skyward and her long tresses flow backwards.
She is meant to make one smile…I would like more information about this sculpture