"Stone carving is a slow, meditative experience. The process can be transformative. Each of my projects has taken life's rough moments and opens them up to the discovery of our shared humanity. The finished work may be the sculpture, but the creative process is never ending."
Sculpting Towards the Light is an intimate and insightful story of a sculptor and his work. It follows the paths of imagination and activity which gave birth to a very unique work of art. The paths are diverse and unexpected, twisting into personal history, racing forward into the future, and then resting in the euphoric moments when the mind and its thoughts no longer exist and the carving occurs as if of its own accord. ."
The author writes, "There is a point in each sculpture where my energies collide. At first there is the initial inspirational emotion, full of conviction, demanding that I communicate its essence. The emotion has been concretely felt but the sculptural representation of that emotion remains vague. It is as if I am sleepwalking, unaware of where I am going. I can also feel playful in a place of excitement where there are no time pressures and few expectations. My mind becomes an elevator with predetermined automatic stops: journal writing, pencil sketches, listening to music, reading and meditative walking in nature. Eventually, a three-dimensional structure materializes from the midst of this contemplation." ."
Here is a unique story about play and work, imagination and action. Costanzo looks at the past that has shaped him and his future as an artist working in an ancient medium, while the world races toward digital Armageddon.
About the author
Luigi Costanzo was born in 1946 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He moved to Nova Scotia in 1979 and provided clinical therapy for children in crisis while employed by the IWK Children's Hospital. He studied stone carving and bronze casting at The Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.