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Figurative Stone Sculpture by Kelly Borsheim

"Ascension Invitation"
(aka. "Stairway to Heaven")

Pink Limestone (from Texas)
one of a kind
27" h x 16"w x 7-1/2" d
© 2011
Kelly Borsheim

[SOLD] Private Collection, Texas

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Ascension Invitation Contemporary Figurative Stone Sculpture:

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My car broke down a couple of years ago and while I was waiting to be rescued - and from a man who decided to sit next to me at the place where I found a phone booth - I began to draw. This man peaked over my shoulder and said that I was not a very good artist. He said that he had just been released from jail for killing someone and asked if I wanted to see how he did it. He then stood up and showed me how he wielded the knife. He said his name was Mighty Mouse (with a tattoo of the same name on his deltoid). [This was before he walked off my with car keys somehow. What a weird day.] Anyway, I often have paper and pencil with me and started to design a series of 4 bas-relief sculptures (intended for bronze) using this shape of a circle sitting on a vertical rectangle. I had done a series of sketches of a model against a pedestal in Italy and had stared one small relief from that drawing, wanting to make a set of four - perhaps as Mucha has done. I never found time to sculpt those 4, but when I got the opportunity to try this pink stone, I went back to that format and tried to come up with a design. I do love the moon, but later felt the background was too plain and added the other lines. The staircase and doorway might be me playing with ideas of wanting to look around the stone and may also have been inspired by my friend Vasily Fedorouk's granite carving of Pope John Paul II. Not too helpful, huh?
~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor

The Creation of the Stone Carving Ascension Invitation Contemporary Art:

It started when I went to the boneyard in Florence, Texas, and chose a stone that I had never worked with ... a PINK limestone from Texas. The stone I chose is the one on the top of the two on the forklift.

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I set the stone up in my central Texas outdoor studio. You may view the marble "Gymnast" in process. These two images were taken on March 8, 2011.

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I chose this stone for a stone carving competition at The Vineyard at Florence (Texas) in April 2011. The competition required that we bring our own air compressors and tools. I did not own a portable compressor, so I decided to stick to hand tools and any electric tools I had, which were limited. Left: I scored and removed some larger stone chunks prior to arriving at the site (the rules speculated that the carver simply had to have at least two days worth of work left on a piece to qualify). Right, I used my hand tools during the event.

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I originally wanted to create a bas relief as an exercise in compressing form. I later changed my mind and decided that since I had the thickness in the stone, why not use it? The images above show how I was attempting to compress the 3-dimensional form. The good thing is that I still had enough stone to be able to change my mind and go to a high relief/three-dimensions.

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As I cut into the stone, I discovered some of its "personality." This happens with stone sometimes. This piece was most likely rejected by the quarry for architectural purposes. I tend to enjoy most of the natural oddities in a piece of stone, perhaps in the same way that "oddities" in people are often charming. However, it did give me cause for slight redesigns... (see the red arrows in the image on the right... these were areas of a porous rusty colored section of the stone).

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Photo by Jayne Seiler-Plank (my mother) 28 September 2011 in my Texas studio

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Above: One of my sisters had a baby boy in September... and thus, family made a point to fly out to Texas
to see our newest member. The timing of this trip coincided with my carving event. Here my niece and my brother are getting a
chance to try their hand at carving limestone. 2 October 2011 Florence, Texas

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Above: One of my former clay sculpture students, Mary Griffin (left) brought her daughter over for a visit
during the Fall Stone Carving Competition at The Vineyard in Florence, Texas.


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