Exhibition: Hard Conversations
“If you wish to purchase one of Diane’s pieces from the Hard Conversations” Exhibition please contact the Centre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Artist
Diane Roberts is a Woodstock artist working in Stone Sculpture and the Lapidary Arts.
My biography, as it relates to my art, began at an art festival many years ago. I happened upon some children one day, each sitting on tiny chairs and taking a lesson from a very patient stone carver. I was entranced by them. They worked and laughed together and only when they “felt” they were finished with their piece, did they decide “what it was”.
I loved that! The creative freedom of it! An instinct driven expression of their unique creativity.
Inspired, I set out to find, for myself, what those kids naturally had – my own intuitive form of expression … and creative joy.
Stones have always been a passion. Stone sculpting led me into Lapidary based jewellery art … and more “pretty rocks”.
My work strives to be abstract … but only when the stones are agreeable.”
Diane Roberts 2022
“ A pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone”
Stone sculpting, at least for me, is a joyful, frustrating personal challenge; a meditation and, at times, an emotional expression.
I am self-taught and sculpt in a “direct carving method “- using only hand tools to date.
A chisel, a hammer, and a few stone rasps followed by endless reems of sandpaper. Direct carving is a spontaneous method that is done without a preconceived design.
This spontaneity can feel a bit like a conversation as the stone and I search for a pleasing and meaningful result.
Having only “scratched the surface” of this ancient creative experience, I feel freedom in the “not knowing” where a piece might go.
It’s always a surprise and often…. A Hard Conversation.
The ICAC would like to thank Harold Matthews for Sponsoring our “Hard Conversations” Exhibition