Sculptor’s work featured at Philinda
Navajo sculptor Alvin Marshall says he is related to all people, but most especially people of the stone.
“I believe we are each given a gift – that we are people of certain elements – and related that way,” Marshall said. “I was blessed with stone.”Marshall and his work will be at Philinda Gallery, D137 Main St., in the Edwards Riverwalk Center.
Marshall says from work emerges his heart, his dreams, his family and his values.”I think the stone has something to share, and I am the instrument for relating those ideas from the stone. There must be a willingness from both parties to make the truth happen.”
Marshall was born and raised in northwestern New Mexico, where the shape of the land is defined by sandstone, shale and volcanic rock. He lived on a reservation in Shiprock, N.M., near The Winged Rock of the Navajo. He says he prefers to work in Utah alabaster but also sculpts in marble, bronze and cast paper.