The precious and the cherished are my aim. I take sculpture off its pedestal. The opposite of public art, this work is private and intimate in nature. My work graces bedrooms, altars, sacred spaces, and precious places.
A direct carver, I follow and refine the line and shape of raw material, bringing each form to its highest level of integrity. Each piece is a meditation and a prayer – the product of that dance between two beings, the beingness of the stone and the mindfulness of my hands.
My work is in creating deeply energetic forms – functional, ceremonial, and sacred art, object, and artifact.
My work is ecocentric and animist in nature. I gather my own materials and work each piece into unique, organic forms, vessels, and sculptures.
Zaliah Kahlil Zalkind
artist & stone carver