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Mano Hand-Held Sculptures by Nick Duval-Smith

 

    One of my favourite activities is to look for things like stones on
beaches, and the little beaches of Dunedinís harbour have special treats
to find, which are fragments of old broken crockery.
    The waves and the sand beautifully wear the best of these into shapes
that almost look natural. When I find a piece that excites me I hold it in my
left hand as a Ďtunerí to aid my search.
    I make little collections of the sweetest pieces and arrange them to make
pictures. I love the feeling of these fragments in my hands; they are an
excellent synthesis of human -made form and natural form. It is this synthesis
I try to emulate in my sculptures.
    Mano hand-held sculptures were born of an intuitive way of
working, without drawings or solid ideas, but just a feeling. This produces
the most unexpected results. It's like talking without censoring or even
thinking about what Iím going to say. I didn't know what I was making until
they were finished, and I started giving them to people to hold. People's faces
light up with an intuitive understanding of what the sculpture is, and what it's for.
'Mano' is Spanish for hand. I chose this word because they are made
by hand, for hands.

Also, mano makes a nice stone shape in my mouth when I say it.

All the manos are in bronze now, actually -the photographs
were taken at an early stage in development and I haven't
re -photographed them since.
 
 
 
 

mano 1.1 YIN-YAN
bronze
76mm right hand


 

mano 1.2 DOVE
aluminium
87mm right hand

 

mano 1.3 SLIP SEED
bronze
71mm right hand


 

mano 1.4 SLUG
aluminium
53mm right hand
 

 

mano 1.5 PEBBLE
aluminium
52mm right hand


 

mano 1.6 BENT
bronze
47mm right hand
 

 

mano 1.7 SIMPLE
bronze
51mm both hands


 

mano 1.8 FETISH
aluminium
76mm both hands
 

 

mano 1.9 DUB
aluminium
61mm left hand


 

mano 1.10 LEFTY
aluminium
73mm left hand
 

 

mano 1.11 PROP
aluminium
76mm both hands


 


 

mano 1.12 WING
aluminium
75mm left hand


 

mano 1.13 DRIFTWOOD
aluminium
69mm lefthand


 

mano 1.14 SNAIL
aluminium
64mm right hand
 

 

mano 1.15 SCOOP
aluminium
54mm right hand


 

mano 1.16 WAVE
aluminium
101mm both hands
 

 

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R.D. 2, Dunedin

New Zealand

 

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