1980 Jesús Moroles Born: Corpus Christi, Texas 1950 Died: Jarrell, Texas 2015 Georgia gray granite 28 x 36 x 8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Alton and Emily Steiner 2002.82 Not currently on view
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The word lapstrake means "overlapping" or "not flush." In Lapstrake I, Jesús Moroles wanted to "bring the quarry into the gallery" by making a single block of granite look like many pieces of stone uneasily balanced atop one another. To "make the stone important," Moroles preserved a sense of the rock's original form and character, rather than carve the material to look like another object or an abstract form (Adlmann, Moroles, 2003).