Abstract Sculpture

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The term "abstract sculpture" generally applies to art that does not attempt to represent an item or model itself after anything and it does not necessarily have a specific starting or finishing point. Instead, it is an entirely intuitive method of creating something that while it may not be easy to completely and quickly understand, can nevertheless create a definitive and lasting impact for the observer.

For the artist, the decision to create an abstract piece of sculpture can be met with a kind of freedom from trying to recreate something that already exists in another form. In fact, the lack of rules associated with developing this kind of art can be considered to be both attractive and intimidating. While the artist is free from the assumptions and restrictions that comes from modeling a work of sculpture after an item, they are also completely responsible for the outcome of the project and how it is perceived. Of course, the artist still assumes a certain level of responsibility even when modeling a piece after an item, but with abstract sculpture, there is the sense of creating something out of nothing that adds a different dimension to the artwork.

When creating an abstract piece of art, the sculptor must always remain aware of the tools and resources they are utilizing to create their piece. They must also take note of the color and lines of their artwork as they are working as this shapes the outcome of the piece.
One of the great benefits of abstract sculpture is the variety of materials that can be utilized to create a sculpture. Artists can use stone, wire, wood, clay and many other materials in their sculptures. Each material offers its own unique benefits and challenges that can greatly enhance the piece of work. This is also why abstract sculpture can be very difficult to clearly define. The artwork varies so greatly from piece to piece based solely on the types of materials that are used. As an example, paintings will retain some resemblance to each other based solely on the fact that the same types of materials (canvas, paint) are used to create each piece. However, in the case of abstract sculpture, the piece of art created with stone will be very different from the one created using wire. Even if the artist were to attempt to recreate a piece using two different types of materials, it would be impossible because the basic materials are far too different to allow for a complete duplication.

One could argue that this is the basic premise of abstract sculpture – creating a piece that is completely unique and that could not be replicated, regardless of attempts to do so. This recognition could also serve to motivate the artist with the understanding that their piece is completely personal to them and that it is impossible to duplicate, because it is not based on a model and is created with materials chosen for that artist's personal reasons. It may be art that cannot be readily explained or interpreted, but only accepted as a great piece of art.


Robin Antar is a world-renown sculptor. To learn more about Robin's expertise in stone and abstract sculpture, please visit her web site, http://www.rantar.com, or blog, http://www.stonesculptures.org.

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