(Image: William Bloomfield, Siblings, 2007, Alabaster 10“ x 9“ x 3“; © William Bloomfield)
William Bloomfield (lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA)
From my initial exposure to stone carving I discovered that a critical part of my creative process is to let go of any preconceptions I might have of what the stone might evolve into before I put chisel to stone. At the start, I find it essential to become as familiar as possible with the raw stone -- it's surface characteristics, structural elements, and internal composition – before doing any visioning or shaping. Then I settle on an initial direction, which inevitably changes many times until I discover the true path to take. After several years of having sculptural works evolve, seemingly, on their own I am comfortable allowing a deeper creative, non-linear process free rein – while physically chiseling and filing but without consciously guiding the tools – until the piece is done; at which point it is not always clear how I got there.
Education: Stone Sculpture, Scott Cahaly, Cambridge, MA, 2012 – present. Stone Sculpture, DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA, 2006 – 2012. MA, Stone Sculpture, Em Marquis Brown, Marblehead, MA, Summer 2010. Figure Study, Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY, Summer 2009. Ph.D. Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Graduate Courses, International Studies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, B.A. Education, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
William Bloomfield was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #4 of the 2013 ArtSlant Showcase Series.
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