New Zealand sculptor John Edgar has achieved international renown over four decades. Throughout his career he has pursued the ancient knowledge of stone carving techniques in his travels to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India. Edgar has physically explored and selected individual stones from the great quarries of Scotland, Australia and India, and has also prospected for stone in New Zealand’s South Island. Central to his practice are strong links to the environment, bringing into balance the elements of concept, material and process. He says of these objects, ‘These slices of the land are revelations of how intimately the environment meshes. How seamless are the interrelationships of earth and sky, land and sea, heaven and earth, black and white? The convergence of the two into one.’
Edgar’s stone pieces are not the result of a studio production team: from selection of the stone to the final polishing, through to difficult international freight logistics, all aspects of his work (and complex installations) are wrought by the artist himself.