“I wanted to create a piece with a lot of motion, while still working with a bit of illusion. I love the reaction I get from people when they see that the sculpture bends and twists and is still one solid piece of stone.”
Where the average person might only see rock, Mike McKee finds inspiration. Under his careful hand the beauty of stone is brought to life. Intrinsic details are revealed and enhanced, even while the sculptor’s own vision melds with the intricacies of the material. The results are stunning in the way they honor both the work of nature and the dedication of artist.
McKee’s newest work, ‘In the Abstract,’ is no different. Raspberry Alabaster curves and undulates. Bands of color are enhanced by the glossy finish, and the feel of the finished piece is organic yet measured.
See Mike McKee’s ‘In the Abstract’ during our 2014 Group Holiday Show ‘Gifts of the Holiday’
The piece represents several firsts for McKee. The smooth, looping style was a technical challenge that allowed him to push his skills. “Some pieces lend themselves to this more than others, and knowing just how far to go creates an excitement around something technical,” he explains.
In addition it was his first time working with Raspberry Alabaster. Though he has worked with several other varieties of alabaster over the years, there is always a point of discovery with each type. “As i started to shape the piece, curiosity got the best of me and i sanded a portion of the sculpture, revealing a nice banding to the stone,” says McKee.
Whether it’s your first time seeing a McKee sculpture, or you are a long-time follower, ‘In the Abstract’ is a perfect example of his intricate and carefully crafted works.