San Rocchino Bowl
San Rocchino Bowl / Autumn of 14 Collection / Colorado Yule Marble / Sculpture 4
20 x 11.5 x 5″ / SN140901 / 18.5 lbs / $2,400
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Inspired by the magnificent grounds, gardens and swimming pool of its namesake guesthouse tucked away in the north western corner of Tuscany ‘San Rocchino Bowl’ brings with it a sweeping low cut dynamic edge to the newly emerging ‘Autumn of 14’ series, and seems set to impose an influential mark upon the collection. At some point during the carving process, often without warning or even the conscious awareness that such weighty matters are even being decided, a name will suddenly pop into my head quite unannounced. I may simply be carving away, or sipping tea, or I might wake up in the middle of the night… but whichever way the epiphany hits me, one thing is for sure – there is now no going back, for once a name has been decided upon, the die is set; the thing is now in some way real, at least to me. From the instant a ‘piece’ assumes its name the carving process assumes a new phase – one that involves ‘fleshing out’ the ideas that tend to present themselves at critically incisive moments of the carving process. Also, at such times, when creativity runs high, ideas are flowing, stone is flying, and decisions are made in the heat of the moment, it is wise to remind oneself of the old stone sculptor’s motto: “Once it’s gone, it’s gone, mate”. Forever to be known in my mind as ‘game changers’, certain carvings manage to tweak an entire collection’s internal compass, profoundly influencing the sculptural journey for the duration of the carving process. Such milestone sculptures include; The Demure One; Mabel; Mystique Masque, Maypole, Reversed Equation and Magellan. And so with this in mind I was determined to do justice to San Rocchino – a living, breathing paradise wherein I flourished both as an artist and a human being throughout the month of June of this year. If you wish to view an account of my stay at this most wonderful and charming Tuscan guesthouse please click here. Finally, to complete the picture, here’s what I had to write about to the place in my latest blog: Shades of Autumn. “While winter gales may indeed be lurking just around the corner I find myself repeatedly revisiting the crystal clear visions of Italy (“EAT-tal-EE”) and the the lazy hazy days of June of this very year, when I suddenly, unexpectedly and quite delightfully, found myself lost in the paradise of San Rocchino’s peaceful corner of the Earth, tucked away in the verdant vine, olive and densely wooded hills above Lucca. Such peace and tranquility I found there.
The inspiration for San Rocchino? Why, the glorious San Rocchino of Tuscan fame, of course. Never heard of it? Here’s a hint: somewhere near Lucca, Tuscany. Look it up, you won’t be disappointed.
San Rocchino Bowl
Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney
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