Phyllis Mrozinski's avatar Phyllis Mrozinski

This piece of alabaster came from a quarry in Whittemore, Michigan. It was among a pile of discarded, imperfect pieces of stone. The sculpture was begun a year ago and set aside due to its flawed composition. Determined to complete this sculpture in 2012, I studied the stone with all its flaws: tight black veins settled in a concentrated area, compressed mud, and various textures. The stone saddened me and captured my heart. I chiseled and let the stone lead me. I worked around the troubled areas and detected the head of a suffering man - a sad image and compatible with the stone. I continued to work and then carved a hand to caress and comfort the ailing gentleman. Compassion was created with the use of chisels and mallet, rasps and files. Sandpaper provided a smooth surface before the tints of yellow, purple and white paint were brushed onto it. Polish and buffing finished the sculpture. The sculpture touches my heart with compassion for those who suffer.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Medium: Alabaster
  • Width: 10 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 10 inches