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Stone Sculpture by Kelly Borsheim

"Yin Yang"

Colorado Yule Marble -
Emerald + Gold Veining

one-of-a-kind
25" h x 19" x 8"
© 2005
Kelly Borsheim

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One side of the original art carving in marble.
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Stone Sculpture - Marble Yin Yang:

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This marble is an unusual piece of the Emerald Colorado Yule because it was quarried in the section of the mountain in which the gold veining meets the green veining. I wish I were a geologist so that I could share more with you about what went on here -- and when! Detail image of the green side is to your right.
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Original Art Sculpture - Green Marble "Yin Yang"

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The idea for "Yin Yang" was most definitely determined by the individual personality of this particular piece of marble. Her shape is shown here and above after I cut her into two pieces -- this the larger of the two. I knew that I wanted a vertical sculpture to show off her features and first needed a flat bottom. I am so glad I took the image on your left -- this clearly shows the idea in that shape -- in one view. For me anyway. The image to the right is a top view. Since you see the final result in the marble at the top of this page, you will note just how little stone I actually removed.
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Yin Yang is a symbol that, among other things, represents the idea of "different but equal" -- in this case, green and gold. Although this piece of marble was a wedge form (almost slab-like), I did not wish to sculpt a symmetrical, flat icon. Also, that tall peak with the natural cut containing that brilliant green needed to be shown off. Being a figurative artist, it was natural for me to want the flip side of the yin yang symbol to depict the separate-but-equal qualities of masculinity and femininity. This tall line of color lead me to "the male element" -- as I referred to it when I started this piece in April 2005 as a stone carving demonstration at the Sculptor's Dominion Invitational in San Antonio. The woman's hip seemed a nice round contrast to the line of the male. It also worked with the outline of the yin yang symbol. There are many ways to depict masculine and feminine attributes. The stone and I chose the ones that fit her shape and coloring.
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You will notice that I left some of the natural edge of the stone inside each part of the yin yang symbol, as well as in various parts of the other side. Not only do I enjoy this connection to the original shape of the stone, I wanted the yin yang to be non-symmetrical -- as if to suggest that we each have little "imperfections" that still result in an interesting package. Also, I did not want the penis shape to carry over to the yin yang side. Without having a counterbalance, it seemed off-kilter somehow. But I liked the architectural shape of the rooftop. Combined with the triangular base, I interpreted the form to imply an upward motion. Or maybe this is too much analysis. In any event, it felt right. And I liked the challenge of combining two sides with different ideas.
The image on the right shows the marble as I was polishing it -- it is wet from a wash. I decided to polish different sections of this sculpture to different levels of softness, with the woman's hip only making it to about 240 grit. The other parts, especially the green, were polished to 600 grit to bring out their color. I spent more time than expected polishing this art work.

Below are a few detail shots of some of the unique crystals and patterns in this marble sculpture "Yin Yang." Enjoy.

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