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Figurative Marble Sculpture by Kelly Borsheim

"Back to Back"

Colorado Yule Marble
one of a kind
14" h x 9.5" x 9.5"
© 2010-2011
Kelly Borsheim

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[female and male torso back marble sculpture nude stone carving]

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Back to Back Contemporary Figurative Stone Sculpture:

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Typically, the Colorado Yule Marble will have either gold or a silver/grey veining. This stone has a thicker and harder grey material the quarrymen call "churt." While some people may prefer a solid white stone, I do not. I like knowing that the original art is a real rock with its own personality. I include here some of my favorite detail shots. They show the uniqueness of this marble, as well as the sensuality and softness of one form melding and changing into another. This next image looks like a meteor shower zipping through bodies of snow -- gorgeous! Enjoy!
~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor

[female and male torso back marble sculpture nude stone carving] [torso back marble sculpture]

[female and male torso back marble sculpture nude stone carving]

Fascinated by the changing mood and relationship of light falling on form, I included this image to share with you some more . . . ooh la la.
~ Kelly

The Creation of the Stone Carving Back to Back Contemporary Art:

This stone was cut from the marble quarried for the artist's carving of the "Gymnast". There was a block cut from above the head of the "Gymnast."

[marble block before stone carving]

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I am a direct carver. That means that I draw directly on the stone and cut what I wish to not have there. The other method is to create a sculpture in some other, more forgiving, material and then "translate it" (copy mathematically) into stone by taking measurements from the original. You may see the "Gymnast" as a work-in-progress (WIP) on the right in the background.

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Is it not easy to fall in love with marble? Even though the two images above were taken during the final sanding and polishing stages, her beauty is quite evident. She looks soft with the right curves in place and the little crystals (seen easier in the image on the right) are such a subtle splendor.

The image left showing the lower part of the male torso also gives you an idea of how translucent this Colorado Yule Marble can be when thin enough. I like the contrast that gives me so much change in the light interacting with the stone. The image on the right shows "the wet look." I was having a bit of fun while I was washing off a layer of fine marble dust after sanding, preparing for the next finer level of sandpaper. This sculpture is very touchable, even after the sealer has been added for protection. Enjoy touching and looking!

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