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ArtPrize Nine at GVSU

September 20, 2017

ArtPrize Nine at GVSU

Featured ArtPrize Artist - Jason Quigno

Three Sisters, 3D, Fieldstone, 2017,  Vote Code: 65926

Anishinaabe Artist Jason Quigno was born in 1975 in Alma MI. Working in all types of stone and always evolving pushing the limits of the stone and of himself, Jason strives for simplicity, movement, balance, and beauty in each sculpture.

The Three Sisters are based on the native legend of the three sisters Corn, Beans, and Squash and how they grow and thrive together in a three sisters planting, the three partners benefiting one another. Corn provides support for Beans. Beans, like other legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. (Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits most.) The large, prickly Squash leaves shade the soil, preventing weed growth, and deter animal pests. The three sisters also complement each other nutritionally. So my entry Three Sisters represents that legend in non-objective ways with three 5,000 pound granite boulders carved with simple flowing lines and various textures including high polished parts, rough sawn cuts, honed surfaces, and the natural raw crust that took millions of years to form. It is hard physical work to carve these boulders but very satisfying.

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