THE CREATION OF HANDS IN CARRARA MARBLE.

24th October 2017


I sometimes wonder if there is anything more profoundly difficult, but ultimately more rewarding than the carving of hands in pure white Carrara marble. Working with the most beautiful sculpture material on the face of the earth, made famous by the great renaissance sculptors is a privilege in itself. Carrara marble holds detail like no other material, and is perfect to illustrate the highly complex anatomy of the hand. The creation of hands has always been the holy grail in art, because of the sheer complexity of the subject matter and the ability of the hands to express deep emotion in an anonymous way, unlike the face which is personal to the individual. I think the famous phrase "The agony and the ecstacy" perhaps best describes the process of carving hands.