From the dawn of time, humans have formed shapes from stone; carved artefacts have been discovered that predate cave paintings. Carving from stone is different than creating a bronze or ceramic sculpture where the form is built up by the addition of material. The
stone sculptor has to remove material to reveal a shape. There is little room for error or a change of mind. The shape is hewn from the marble or stone then polished, transforming the stone, releasing its inner beauty.
Trevor and Lorraine Polglase live and work on a four-acre beachside, tropical property in Golden Bay. As full-time artists, with a lifelong interest in art, they produce, among other things, beautifully crafted marble sculptures.
Golden Bay is a magical part of the world. Just a mention of the name seems to cast a spell on the viewer adding a hidden value to the work. Set between two national parks – Kahurangi and Abel Tasman – Golden Bay provides a fabulous environment in which the Polglases are immersed, with rivers, hills, trees, beaches and a benign climate. This area has long been attractive to artists and craftspeople and, for the sculpting fraternity, there is the added attraction of Takaka Hills marble, which provides a material that is of a high quality
The marble comes in many colours: black, grey, green and white. The Kairuru quarries were used to source marble for the first Parliament buildings in Wellington, and much of this has since been recycled by other artists. The rough stone is hewn into shape, but, as Lorraine says, “You’ve got to let the marble speak, the beauty of the marble has to come through.”
Artists often say they create art in response to their environment. Their love of nature inspires the subject matter of their work. This seems an obvious type of connection and a limitless source
of inspiration. Lorraine’s influences are sourced directly from the environment, from the small shells and driftwood on the beach to the sculptural rocky limestone outcrops.
Lorraine loves birds and often shapes generic birds from marble and other stones she has found and is captivated by. The luminosity of the materials used adds that essential sparkle to the work. Her work is gentle and tactile; appealing and pleasing, fitting into both
outdoor and indoor settings.