Sculptor Christopher Green Sees the Potential in Each Piece of Stone
Somers Sculptor is set in his way and in his stones.
A glimpse into Christopher Green’s art studio might seem akin to stumbling through a rock quarry. “They are all just like boulders. You wouldn’t be able to see the differences,” says the Somers Sculptor. That said, any addition of unvarnished geology to his stash is like a Christmas morning gift. Only the thrill involved in shedding the exterior takes place before he ever puts chisel to the marble, alabaster or limestone encasing.
“I get excited just seeing them because there’s potential,” said Green.
Art provides his education.
But what firmly pushed his inspiration toward the arts came as a result of not being able to unravel a basis skill. “I was dyslexic. I had trouble reading and fell further and further behind in school. But I saw that I could draw, and I was always carving things,” he said.
Math not much of a relief either, he still thinks a general understanding of geometry plays a part in providing symmetry and balance to each piece. “I wouldn’t say overtly," he said. "In the background, I guess."
Cost and Returns of Sculpting
The cost involved, though, is always at the fore. Often traveling to the Complete Sculptor in Manhattan to get most of the stones, Green laments the cost. “It’s ridiculously expensive,” said the British born immigrant, and if he can’t contain his enthusiasm for a piece found abroad, the payoff is even more difficult to balance out.
The two months it takes him to complete a piece also diminishes the returns. At the same time, grounding a piece of stone to a mantle doesn’t sit as well among art lovers as a two dimensional hanging of color and texture. “You’re competing with paintings, but you can’t, and that makes it difficult,” Green said.
The stones themselves don’t always cooperate either. “I had a commission once, doing a face. It was going great until the last minute,” he said. “One side fell away. It broke my heart.”
The customer still liking the unconventional look, Green let them have it for free. But the unpredictable nature of rocks is a challenge he welcomes and works around. “You come across all sorts of strange things. It’s like the lottery—you never know,” beamed Green.
Somers Sculptor's Current Wave
As of late, his metamorphosis has revolved around the symmetrical curves of the female form. Doing a series called Looking Back, the sculptor has become intrigued by a certain crescendo. The way women flip their hair back when someone calls them from behind has him caught in a wave. “It’s typically feminine. It’s a study of women,” he said.
On the other hand, his wife became a little concerned when she found pictures of Kim Kardashian plastered all over the studio and from every angle. “The last piece I did was called, Woman on the Red Carpet. Based on Kardashian, they just pose in ridiculous dresses that they can’t move in. Just all that nonsense and so I did that,” Green said.
Hoping for Some Green
Sounding reasonable enough, things have been a struggle lately. “I haven’t sold anything this year,” Green revealed.
Nonetheless, he’s reaching out to galleries throughout this drought. “Writing over 30 letters,” he said, “I’m getting that side done.”
Thus, his wife is helping him stay on a firm financial foundation. But the artist’s struggle to get by has always been a drive that equals the need to create. “I think it’s a natural human instinct. You see the stone age man, having to kill the Tyrannosaurus Rex,” he said. “They were still finding time to put art on the wall.”
Regardless, he’d welcome a reply from any of the galleries so as to remove a few of the teeth from all the things that take him away from his chisel.
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