Since a young age imagination and love of wildlife have been strong factors in Vance’s life. Originally involved in graphic arts it wasn’t until moving to central British Columbia that sculpture became his passion. It was there that he was able to experience eagles, bears and a large variety of wildlife to fuel his new artistic expression.
Vance works in alabasters, soapstones, slate, chlorite and moose antler, using human figures, abstract, mask and wildlife for his subjects. He connects with each stone, allowing its ancient memory to speak to him. Using this first impression of what the stone has revealed, he applies a “direct carve” approach, letting the design emerge. This rough image, is then refined into a clean, solid sculpture, with precise yet minimal detail. “I let the stone tell me what it wants to be. The results are far more exciting than if I forced my ideas on my material.” While Vance’s work portrays the physical presence of the stone, it also evokes a wide range of emotions – from humor to a sense of tenderness shared between mother and baby – and seems to touch you on a very primal level
Vance Theoret is a member of the Western Lights Artists Group. You can meet Vance Theoret in person and view his new works November 5th till 7th, 2008 at Commerce Place in Edmonton. For more info click here.
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