Jesse Salisbury creates large-scale stone sculptures from granite and basalt found in Down East Maine. Influenced by Japanese stone splitting and carving techniques, Salisbury hand splits, and then reassembles the granite to bring out the stone’s inherent movement, raw power, and natural beauty.
Salisbury manages to squeeze, press, or twist massive stone into new forms that help the viewer see the stone’s natural synergy. As one walks around “Inner Motion,” in particular, the stones twist like wet clothes being wrung out. The pent up energy creates a commanding gestalt that belies our preconceived notions about stone.