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AWARDS 2015-2017

Daniel William Zampino
29 Ruby Avenue
Marblehead Ma 01945
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1/Rockport Arts’ Association Contributing Members Show: received Honorable Mention for the sculpture ‘Jazz Musicians and the Dancer.’ May, 2015.
2/Juried into Rockport Arts’ Association and Museum as a Sculptor Member in November, 2015. Rockport Arts’ Association and Museum Group June Summer Show: received Julia Marino Memorial Award for the sculpture, ‘A Shattered World Must Fly its Flag.’  June, 2016.
3/Rockport Arts’ Association and Museum Group July Summer Show: received Richard Recchia Memorial Award for the sculpture, ‘Refugee Women.’ July, 2016
4/Marblehead Festival of the Arts’ Sculpture Exhibit, received Best of Show Award, for ‘Jacob’s Ladder. July, 2016.
5/Experimental Group, Rockport Arts Association and Museum, received Honorable Mention for the sculpture, ‘Defoliation.’ Judged by Kaveh Mojaibi, publisher of Artscope Magazine. October, 2016.
6/Experimental Group, Rockport Arts Association and Museum, received Honorable Mention for the sculpture, ‘Refugees and the Wall.’ April, 2017.

7/Rockport Arts’ Association and Museum Group Members’ Spring Show: received Arts from the Soul Award given by the Experimental Group of the Rockport Arts Association, for the sculpture, ‘Woman Mountainridge.’ April, 2017.
8/Marblehead Festival of the Arts’ Sculpture Exhibit, received Best of Show Award, for ‘Apsaras, Cambodian Dancers.’ July, 2017.


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About the Art


"Daniel’s relief sculptures stand in an ancient tradition, dating to the Assyrians, and before – of telling stories through stone carved images that hold your attention." John Raimondi, sculptor.

Slate Gallery photos by Ulrike Welsch.

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Philosophy of Stone

Woman in Slate

In this survey of slate sculptures is a collection of some eighty five slate reliefs. These sculptures are roughly twenty four inches high by twenty inches wide, with variations.


As reliefs, human characters are featured in the foreground, with a background that either engenders a scene that complements the foreground figures;  or is merely left rough-hewn.


The sculptural forms are waxed, but never painted, showcasing the contrast of light and dark. As reliefs, the emphasis is on the lines, rather than color, in the way it creates an effect.


The works, because they are reliefs, are suggestive to the eye, forcing the viewer to complete the respective image of each work. The result is, for those who have the patience to ‘look,’ a place for each viewer to engage the work, as well as engage him- or herself in the process.


There is, in this stylized imagery, a concerted effort to convey stories that are sometimes spelled out in accompanying narratives, or poems – either of my own making, or of my own choosing; or in images that seem to speak – or sing – for themselves. As I approach my work, the slate form lends me the powers and the latitude to induce stories – combining pictorial form with the written word.


The motifs and content are varied – centered around images that range from the purely mythic, invoking, for instance, Saint George the Dragon Slayer, or the River Styx; or Biblical, drawing on figures such as the Prophets, or the figure of Abraham; historical, a reference, as in one sculpture, to Columbus, and in another, to an Inkan warrior being burned at the stake; literary, inspired, say, by characters in Dante or Dostoyevsky; to semi-historical, reenacting the legendary figure of Pakal, the king of Palenque, in Chipas, Mexico; to prophetic (in the modern sense), with allusions to the atomic bomb, and the prophecies that seem to track its invention; to social, speaking to the issues of family life, or of the homeless, or class conflict; or to love, in its romantic forms; or even to the purely artistic, with characters in various poses of dance and song.


The technique I practice is deliberately simple, with a carving knife, improvised and atypical, and a hammer and a chisel. I operate on the theory that – to paraphrase an old Native American hunting strategy – the tool should never get in the way of the work.


The Gallery also includes abbreviated selections under Sculptures>>Wood and Sculptures>>Other, showing more conventional works, of the ‘in the round’ variety. These selections are included to reveal my sculptural range, even as the works shown serve a subordinate place in my over all body of work.

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