Female Wall Mask
• arabescato marble
• 21” H x 11” W x 3” D (53cm H x 28cm W x 8cm D)
Michael Binkley carved this original sculpture of a female face in 1987 for his “Faces & Figures” exhibition on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is carved from a variety of Italian marble called arabescato and is quarried in the mountains above the famous town of Carrara. The marble is a milky white colour with striations of grey.
A female peers mysteriously out from beneath a cloak that is parted at the breasts, arresting the viewer’s gaze. The skin is a silky smooth matte finish and Binkley describes the cloak with rough chisel marks. The sculpture does not have a high sheen, giving the marble the ability to hold dramatic shadows successfully. The sculpture weighs about 50 pounds, so it requires a sturdy hanger to support it.
The sculpture was purchased at the exhibition, but the patron has passed away and the estate is looking for a new home for the sculpture.I would like more information about this sculpture