Time and Tide by Roy Patterson from Maine. Granite, 2014

Artist Statement

I have always collected pebbles at the seashore. Many are perfect little sculptures–the ocean’s lesson on how to work stone.

On the rocky coast of Downeast Maine, this lesson is presented on a monumental scale. Here, nature creates wonderful contrasts between rough and smooth stones that are often cracked and fitted together. I have tried to capture something of this quality in Time and Tide.

This sculpture is also an abstracted reclining figure. For me, this figurative element adds another layer of content. Time and Tide references elements from both the natural world and the human figure. I consider it a figurative landscape.