Black belgian marble
Dimensions: 33cm (H) x 11cm (W) x 8cm (D) / 13" (H) x 4.3" (W) x 3.1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
"The soul, the guiding principle within us is an inviolable stronghold of freedom, an inner Citadel"- Marcus Aurelius
A citadel is the core fortified area of a town or city. It may be a castle, fortress, or fortified center. The term is a diminutive of "city", meaning "little city", because it is a smaller part of the city of which it is the defensive core. The word "Citadel" was also used by Marcus Aurelius in reference to your soul. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful—more free of interruptions—than your own soul. Especially if you have other things to rely on. An instant’s recollection and there it is: complete tranquillity. And by tranquillity I mean a kind of harmony.” This little sculpture is a meditation on this concept of the inner citadel or stronghold.
Yoko Kubrick’s sensual sculptures are thoroughly modern, yet they have ancient roots. Kubrick’s work brings out the unique aesthetic and material qualities of Carrara marble, favored by Michelangelo and long considered the world’s finest. The marble is strong enough to withstand the effects of time, but soft enough to be carved into flowing forms that hold exquisite detail. Its luminescent quality makes it seem to almost magically glow from within.
Kubrick’s work uses abstracted natural forms—the curve of a petal, the undulations of the sea, the ridge of a mountain—to evoke feeling. She couples these natural references with the drama and allegory of myth. Though her mythic sculptures reference specific stories, Kubrick also responds to primordial symbolism and commonalities among myths from different cultures.
Hometown: San Francisco
Based in: San Francisco Bay Area
Yoko Kubrick is an American sculptor of Japanese and Czech heritage.
Yoko has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Urban Design from San Jose State University, and an M.A. in Psychology and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She was trained in a sculpture atelier setting in traditional bronze casting and fabrication, and later in marble carving. She studied briefly at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (in Carrara, Italy) before leaving to work alongside professional sculptors in a marble atelier. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Cool Hunting, Surface Magazine and other publications. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Tuscany, Italy.
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