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Carol Griffin: In Celebration Of Stone

Updated:2009-04-02 08:51:57

As she walks along the canyons of the avenues and streets of New York City, Carol Griffin never fails to pay special attention to stone buildings. She touches their fa?ades to feel their texture or smoothness. Simply put, she has a love of stone. She is a fine artist who loves everything about stone.

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Carol has always been fascinated with stone, but didn't begin to carve until ten years ago, when she began stone carving classes at The Compleat Sculptor in New York City. She studied for several years with the sculptor Ailene Fields. During that period she spent time at the Carving Studio in Vermont, interspersing carving with visits to cavernous quarries. She augmented her studies at the Art Students League, also in New York. There she worked with renowned teachers Lorrie Goulet (wife of Jose de Creeft), and Seiji Saito. Carol still utilizes her contacts at Art Students League and discusses her ongoing projects with Saito. One of those projects involves working with New York bluestone. In addition to her figurative carving, she has begun carving geometric wall sculptures in bluestone. Her interest in architectural carving has also grown, and she has plans to pursue that interest further.

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Carol believes that stone is one of the most beautiful substances on earth, and feels humbled to be able to work with what she terms "...such grand material." "Stone is just remarkable to me, and I thank God for giving me opportunities to carve it. Each type of stone has its own personality, needs to be handled in its own particular way. You can't force it to do something it doesn't want to do. As I work with each piece of stone, I try to take full advantage of its inherent qualities. Stone needs to be celebrated."

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Carol sculpts in clay as well as stone, and also paints in gouache and acrylic.

 

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