In these fast-changing times, Ms. Zibit is inspired to create marble sculptures that speak of the enduring beauty of ancient, classic works. Over the four decades Ms. Zibit has carved, she has been influenced by a wide variety of sculptors - each enriching her vision and vocabulary. She learned from master carvers in the workshops of Tuscany Italy, she argued about aesthetics while living with the minimalists in Soho NYC, she spent time deepening and synthesizing her vision living on the rural coast of Maine, and most recently sharing ideas and techniques with carvers in Vermont.
A professor commented on one of Ms. Zibit’s exhibits, “She has discovered in stone the enslaved potential of its color, design, and texture. The versatility of the stone’s tactile potential has been exploited in the surfaces, polished and textured. Carving stone is a slow, patient, and difficult labor. Today one is tempted to seek easier, quicker, more malleable materials and techniques. However, the love of the sculptor for stone has been long and ardent. Melanie Zibit possesses this atavistic love for stone.”
Ms. Zibit’s award-winning pieces are in the collections and have been displayed in private homes, museums, and universities and have been included in publications, such as 100 Artists of New England E. Ashley Rooney (Schiffer January 2011) and Vermont's Carving Studio Carving out a Dream B. Amore (Kokoro Press, 2008) She has received commissions including honoring the Centennial for the Public Library Middleborough MA and Settlers Green Market Place in North Conway New Hampshire.
For me, creating a sculpture is sharing something deeply personal from one human being to another. I grew up around art. My mother was an avid art collector. I remember accompanying her to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a 12-year-old and visits to the galleries where she would introduce me to renowned experts. Although my high school didn’t have an art program I was selected for weekly classes at the Museum of Fine Arts based on a small sculpture I constructed that sat in the principal’s office. At college, I was captivated when I watched a carver working on a piece of limestone. It inspired me and I soon took a chisel to a small piece of limestone. I immediately knew that carving was my artistic home. Being in tune with the stone – its color, its grain, its size – is necessary to create forms in harmony. There are two pieces submitted for this exhibit: one is made of alabaster, and the other is pink Portuguese marble. Both are elegant materials. The stone allows expression from the most delicate to the monumental, highly polished to natural texture, allowing light to penetrate and emanate from its surface. I enjoy shaping such hard materials into sensuous, flowing forms that suggest the human spirit. When I leave elements unfinished or the natural stone, the viewer is invited to complete the sculpture in their mind’s eye.
The pink Portuguese marble piece “Compassion Brings Hope” speaks of a better tomorrow.