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Martha Schwerdtle

Passages, Alabaster , 11" x 10" x 5", $3,000
Bliss, Alabaster , 16" x 10" x 11", $3,500
Fighting Conch Fragment, Charcoal on tinted paper, 11" x 14", $400
Moon's Cradle, Limestone, 16.5" x 26.5" x 8", $4,500
Prana, Alabaster , 18" x 10.5" x 5.5", $3,500
Shell Fragment, Charcoal, 22" x 24", $900
Symbiosis, African wonderstone, 16" x 16" x 8", $5,000
Venus, Aerated concrete, 25.5" x 10" x 10", $2,500

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Artist Statement

Art is a process of discovery for me. Through drawing and sculpting, I explore the infinite variety of forms in nature. As I begin a sculpture and layers of stone are chiseled away, an image begins to appear. Emerging forms transform into vehicles of self-expression. Heavy stone becomes soft and fluid. Density yields to translucence. And, in the final stages, smooth, polished surfaces against rough, chiseled planes add a tactile dimension and textural richness.

The unseen forces that shape our existence are often a source of inspiration for my artwork. The life force in all living things, the power of emotions, the influence of dreams, the attraction between the sexes, and energy in its many forms from microscopic to cosmic are some of the mysteries that transcend understanding and capture my imagination.

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