Araboushikha Art

Hampshire, UK

I am a self-taught stone sculptor, working in a variety of different stones. I am drawn by the simplicity of this most ancient craft. I use no power tools or toxic chemicals. Just stone, the raw body of Mother Earth, mallet chisels, presence of mind and awareness of body. It is a slow but satisfying meditative process and in a hurried, sometimes chaotic and confusing world, the stone speaks to me always of the value of patience, perseverance and stillness.

My inspiration comes from shamanic dreams and ancient folklore and mythology, but at the core of my work lies a deep respect for the earth, the wild and wonderful creatures that roam it, and the deep mystery that encompasses all.

I like to think there is a lot of love in my work for that is the feeling that I have when I create. Each piece I create is totally unique. Some can be quite a journey and each has its own story to tell.

I find in every stone a secret waiting to be born, a silent beauty, a hidden power or a shard of lost wisdom. Something that perhaps was always there, but lain forgotten under the rock of ages, slowly reveals itself with quiet dignity. Carving is a magical process and a spiritual, meditative practice for me. It is alchemy… it is my prayer.

I am always open to consider personal commissions, or commissions for public places or retreat centers. I will also be running some workshops Summer 2015 in the South of England; if you have an interest in learning this craft or wish to be added to my mailing list for future exhibitions, please contact me.

To see more of my work, visit:

http://www.stonedreamer.artweb.com


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