A Glimpse of the Moon


Artist: Jesse Salisbury from Maine
Community: Steuben

“A Glimpse of the Moon” is my latest sculpture that explores movement and the motion of rock. The term motion used by granite quarriers is a natural seam in the rock caused by the movement of the crust. Amotion is a clue to the stone’s direction of movement and a way in to harvest the rock.

Over the past ten years, I have practiced splitting rocks thousands of times. My current work is the result of years of study and experimentation splitting rocks. I start with a large stone, split it into multiple pieces which are then carved. These geometric and organic forms are then put back together like a puzzle.

With my work, I am demonstrating the movement possible in what is generally seen as a still, solid, and permanent medium. My sculptures show a glimpse of the movement of the crust and geological time. I carved a quarter moon in this sculpture to also suggest time and seasonal changes.