Marble, pumice. 1986. 9″ high with base. Private collection.
Biologists are often fascinated with reproductive organs, and there are good scientific reasons for that. As both biologist and stone sculptor, I had a lot to be fascinated with as I imagined this sculpture into being. Not surprisingly, a botanist purchased Fruiting Bodies, which represents the reproductive organs of lichens.
Stone sculptors are often fascinated with stones, and there are equally good reasons for that. I carved Fruiting Bodies in a rough piece of marble from the Yalakom River in the B.C. interior. I carried it on my back through the mud to the car for what seemed like a thousand miles, carved it, and mounted it on a piece of charcoal gray pumice. Vertical black and white stripes from two slide projectors lighted the scene.
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