With all this talk of bone collecting I decided to feature the work of one of our local but internationally acclaimed sculptors, Carl Roberts.
His work is brilliant and though he carves in wood a lot of the time he also carves wonderfully whimsical pieces from found bones such as the scapula of an elephant or buffalo, the pelvis or humerus of a giraffe, the mandible of a hippo or the vertebra of a whale.
The shape dictates what he will carve. A scapula, for example, lends itself to carving trees with lattice type branches, sometimes housing baboons, leopards, owls or .....a man.
"Like the Rorschach (ink blot) test, the material often suggests images and sometimes presents them in an unusual way. " says Roberts.
"I work like the automatic artists of the Surrealist movement in that I trust my subconscious to generate ideas."
"The image made depends ultimately upon what lies in the subconscious, elements of chance and the spirit of the times." - Carl Roberts
The Stormbringer by Carl Roberts. All photos from the Carl Roberts website.