Materiality of Marble: Explorations in the Artistic Life of Stone

Alison Leitch*

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This article is inspired by theoretical developments within the social sciences that focus on the materiality of everyday objects and processes. Based on ethnographic research in the city of Carrara, in central Italy, the article discusses the experiences of both quarry workers and sculptors who work with marble. Through an exploration of one of the ‘qualisigns’ of marble — veining — the article draws attention to the material life of marble in the artistic imagination of sculptors and why materiality might matter in social analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-77
Number of pages13
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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