Imagining what the stone could be

Sculptures and Paintings by Suzanne Posner

I carve the stone sculptures with nothing but a hammer and chisel, files and sandpaper. Most of the sculptures are alabaster. I choose a stone first for color, then for a stimulating shape. While I take off the rough edges, I look at the stone from all angles, imagining what the stone could be. Many of my pieces have gone through a few permutations. A sculpture may take months to years to complete because I am constantly thinking of how to make it come alive and I end up going back into the stone…

Suzanne Loves To Sculpt

Sculptures and Paintings by Suzanne Posner

My beloved teacher Lissy Dennett explained that an “abstract” work of art is abstracted from an object while a “non-representational” work is a shape. The first sculpture here is an abstract of two hearts. The second sculpture, “Snuggle” is non-representational, although I am tempted to subtitle it “Two Hamsters”(making it “abstract” by definition).