By: Steven Heller | September 3, 2010
For Dalton Ghetti,pencils are as precious as marble was to Michelangelo, Bernini andRodin. Pencil lead is, in fact, his sculptural material out of which hecarves incredible miniatures, everything from teeny weeny busts ofElvis to itsy bitsy hammers and saws. Ghetti recently told the London Telegraph:
“At school I would carve a friend’s name into the woodof a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I gotinto sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood,but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things assmall as possible. I experimented sculpting with different materials,such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carveinto the graphite of a pencil”
Sadly, his recent exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art Meticulous Masterpieces: Contemporary Art by Dalton Ghetti, Les Lourigan, and Jennifer Maestre closed on August 29, 2010. But you can read about it here. And more about his process here.