Michael wilding (United States 1953 - )


Born in 1953 and educated in Europe, Michael Wilding studied figurative painting and planned to go into the Fine Arts. Sidetracked for thirty years while he pursued a very successful career in music and acting. He played saxophone and flute for bands in London and Los Angeles. As an actor, he appeared in films, a soap opera, and Off-Broadway productions in New York.

Needing to create has always been an essential part of who he is. Wilding moved to New Mexico almost twenty years ago to pursue that desire. He discovered stone sculpture in 2001 and has not looked back. Through sculpture, all of his passions come together; art, music, and performance.

“I listen to jazz or rock and roll while literally dancing around the stone, applying the chisel. I think there is a huge correlation between sculpting and music,” he says. Lyrical and rhythmic, his abstract pieces radiate energy, giving back the joy he feels in his work. Although initially he did not consider showing his art professionally, he realized that “having the work out there in the world is part of the creative process. One creates energy with a piece of work, and cannot hold onto it.” Wilding describes his artistic process as “discovering it along the way”. Once he starts, he does not spend much time contemplating his decisions in the moment. Fascinated with light and planes, he follows the lines he uncovers by allowing the inherent qualities of the stone to guide his hand, and his thoughts. He is filled with wonder regarding the sedimentary life in limestone and the ability of Carrara marble to hold the light. “Each stone has a different dynamic. Working with marble is slower than with limestone, so the resulting piece takes longer to unfold, and there are different considerations along the way.”

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