Zamir, 2004. Bluestone, 50 x 49 x 29 in.

Balancing Families in Stone: A Conversation with Boaz Vaadia

A sculptor who grew up on a farm, Boaz Vaadia is inspired by the nature around him. Vaadia says, “I work with nature as an equal partner. The strongest thing I address is that primal connection of man to earth. It’s in the materials I use, the environments I make, and the way I work.” Vaadia’s stone figures are often set against glacial boulders. His work seems created by natural forces, such as wind and water, yet looks simultaneously ancient and futurist, as though the workmanship forms a bridge from the Stone Age to the digital age. The figures’ rounded forms, anonymous and elemental, create universal models of humanity to which all viewers can relate.