Carved/Recarved: The Surface of Sculpture: Whether for the purpose of restoration or reuse, objects of sculpture are often modified. In additive cases, the interventions can be discernable at their points of attachment. More difficult to detect are the instances wherein the surface was recarved. Some betray themselves because of scale and stylistic discrepancies, such as seen in the red Marsyas in the Uffizi. Other interventions reveal themselves because of solecisms (purposeful or unwitting) committed upon the iconography or function of the work. We seek papers that confront the material surface of sculpture in order to explore instances of the manipulation of objects by recarving an original work. We are interested in related ideas of transformation and metamorphosis, interdisciplinary approaches, or forensic level assessment of the signs of workmanship, as well as methods of capturing this kind of information not available in standard photographs.
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