Martin Beach:
Artist Statement

An exploration in techniques that allow me to imbue a material that is generally seen as something inert and inanimate with a life force through minimalist form, that embodies a very primal but refined elegance, and all the while still keeping it clearly recognizable as stone. Using the stones that I find from rivers on mountain sides, to the bottom of quarrys, I begin to contrast curves with line, rounded with pointed, lights with darks, smooth with rough, etc.., until the stone starts to develop a personal identity, that we as observers want to instinctually interact with.

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