Close-ups of my latest charcoal drawing (nearly complete!) and a bit of shop talk...
I often begin my drawings with a combo of large chunky airy and whispery willow sticks and finalise the work with dense conté sticks. As illustrated in these pics, I also count on 1) my sweet vintage horsehair brush made for the hands and made in France- oui! I use this to lightly sweep away my eraser debris. 2) sandpaper to give my rich conté sticks a sharp edge. 3) an exacto knife for cutting into my erasers and offering a constant feed of fresh white slices with sharp edges, which I use for shading. 4) a perfectly weighted eraser stick (factis) that is not too soft which is helpful for control. 5) various sized shading stumps. These last two tools satisfy my compulsion for making clean edges and subtle gradations of light and dark. And they are a five-star pleasure maker, especially when operated with a sensitive hand that keeps moving... ooh la la! #kerryofurlani#drawingtools#charcoaldrawing
PLUTSCHOW GALLERY was pleased to announce Vitellotonnato, a group exhibition with Sergio
Breviario, David Casini, T-yong Chung and Marta Pierobon, June, 2016
History, tradition, abstraction, contemporaneity, hybridity, classical sculpture, craftsmanship, digital environment, information technologies, reality, fction, renaissance, identity, Italy, art, sculpture, installation, mineral, hands, death, spirituality, community – they all become a starting point of
an artistic exploration that instigates action, creates distance, layers the heterogeneous amalgam of actions and new meanings. This unexpected mixture of indexes, in the same vein as veal and tuna, creates an elegant, provoking and tempting cultural sediment. Folded together, enmeshed
into forms and volumes, this artistic body of work shows that events, very far from each other in chronology and narration, sometimes act as contemporaneous inmates. Time and history are not linear for them; they follow many dynamics and chaotic processes, they have many linearities which
provide a consistency. This consistency we call vitellotonnato. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yesterday, a friend asked me about the timeline of this standing stone. It is one of two slate sentinels with inscriptions that now stand at the gateway intersection of downtown Poultney. They are part of a community project I named, The Silent Friend Slate Project, in partnership with Poultney’s Historic Society. We were thrilled to receive funding from the Vermont Arts Council, the bulk of which went towards my salary. 😊 So - from the quarry pit pickin’ to these final days of carving - and with the helping hands of many - this second stone came to life in just over three months. This timeline does not include the many months preceding of behind the scene work of committee meetings, town meetings, speaking to community groups, etc. 😳 That, my friends, is another story for another day... 😉#kerryofurlani#standingstone#lettercarving#tiranti#publicsculpture#letterforms#insignia#poultneyvt#communitymatters#vermontartscouncil 🙏 #vermontsculptor
I turned to the fonts from medieval and beyond - hand carved and so rich in humanity and sculptural form and storytelling - as inspiration for the design of my font. And in my research, much to my delight, I discovered a font carved by Eric Gill (English sculptor and typeface designer of the early 20th century). The final two pics show this font. In my explorations, I could only find one view of it, so I reached out to the church in Pickering, England, where this beautiful carving resides. And one kind Father Bill got back to me with these new views of the panels, which quenched my thirst to see it close-up in the round. #kerryofurlani#fontdesign#baptismalfont#makingofafont#dragonsofsg#sculptorjourney#ericgillfont
My font was to be in memory of my client’s recently deceased wife, Dottie. Inspiration for the structure came from my findings of this beauty from Tiffany Studio. For so many reasons, I was pulled to the structure of this font: 1) it had never been brought to life by their Studio 2) it reminded me of Dottie’s ladylike ways and feminine exuberance 3) the octagon has roots in early Christianity and I am interested in the symbolism of our ancient past 4) the pedestal would offer me panels in which to design a narrative of my client’s abiding love for his wife 5) I was spellbound by the overall beauty and harmony of the forms and excited by the challenge of bringing this structure to life. #kerryofurlani#baptismalfont#tiffanyfont#fontdesign#dragonsofsg#sculptorjourney
So - from whence did this marble come? I left slate country, about a 30 minute drive out, to Danby Vt, the heart of Vermont’s marble deposits. I had a morning appointment to see Mike, who managed this Italian owned and operated marble mine. He was so welcoming and brought me on tour down the depths of this 2.5 mile deep geological, industrial wonder. And it was deep in this dark and mysterious hole that I spied and selected an enormous choice slab for the font - the best grade of white marble on offer, which they called Olympian. #kerryofurlani#baptismalfont#makingofafont#stonecarving#sculptorjourney#danbymarblequarry#danbymarble#dragonsofsg
She is the Land (she is the sea), charcoal, 30”x 22.5”, 2013. SOLD!
This work came out of my deep abiding love for the land of Wales. In 2010, I traveled to this country to further my study of lettercarving under the tutelage of an extraordinary man, musician and master lettercarver named John Neilson...
It was a three month study and it was thrilling. Pics show the window view from my bedroom and a view of a nearby valley. I went out on this adventure seeking to develop my design and carving skills and returned home with an uncontainable emotional stirring for this landscape. All of which led me back to a deeper look at the works of my hero Barbara Hepworth, whose sculptures and ideas hammer home this profound truth to me: landscape is alive and we (in our bodies, mind, and spirit) are intrinsically connected to it. #kerryofurlani#livinglandscape#waleslandscape#wales ❤️ #studyadventures#johnneilson#barbarahepworth#womenheroes#barbarahepworth 🙏 #landconnection