Bodyknot – Shamrock, 2009
• carrara administrazione marble & granite
• 14” H x 11” W x 12” D (36cm H x 28cm W x 30cm D)
• private collection, Napier, New Zealand
Michael Binkley was very taken with the body of work by photographer, Howard Schatz called “Body Knots.” One particular photo was of three female buttocks that were shot in a way that made the viewer think of a human molar tooth. This inspired Binkley to create a sculpture that resembled a shamrock leaf.
Binkley carved this original fine art sculpture of three female nudes from a piece of white marble that was quarried at the famous town of Carrara, Italy. There are dozens of varieties of white marble from this part of the world and each has a subtle difference, depending upon which quarry it is excavated from. This piece came from the Administrazione quarry. The marble has a slightly cream colour to it, with faint traces of caramel striations and a black freckle. But from a short distance, the marble appears white and the material takes a back seat to the form of the sculpture. The sculpture stands on a black granite base, secured by a hidden pin.
Binkley made the surfaces of the sculpture a matte finish and this gives the marble the ability to successfully hold shadow. The texture is silky smooth which is a delight the the touch.
From the sides, the sculpture looks like female nudes in a circle, each bent over at the waist. Upon closer inspection, the figure’s upper bodies blend into each other, as do their thighs. And when one looks down on the sculpture from above, the female’s buttocks form the shape of a shamrock leaf.