Viewed from the front, Birth of the Messenger, carved from gray granite, portrays the head and torso of a nude female figure who is pregnant. With softened contours, she emerges almost ghost-like from an arched niche, a traditional architectural recess built into a wall to display statues. The artist depicts the "messenger" coming into the human world through "conventional" means--through a woman’s body, which can also be seen as a kind of niche. On the opposite side of the work, a male figure is enclosed in an upward oriented niche, as if dropped there by God. The figurative and architectural elements of the composition pay tribute to the history of sculpture. The use of stone, a universal medium from which a multitude of statues and monuments have been made, further adds to this continuum.
Born in Odessa, at a time when the city was part of the U.S.S.R., Viktor received training in sculpture and a diploma in architecture. He emigrated to the United States in 1993, and now lives in Illinois. From 1974 through 1989, he showed his ceramic, bronze, and wooden sculptures in numerous exhibitions in his native country. Establishing his reputation in the States during the present decade, Viktor was represented by his works in the International Art Shows and Pier Walk outdoor exhibits, both held annually in Chicago. His sculptures are in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, Italy, Russia, and the Ukraine.
More information about the artist can be found at www.viktorstoneart.com/.
Viewed at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, New Jersey.