Strong Woman (Acrobat)
Lignum vitae was one of Gross's favorite woods
because of its extreme density. As he stated,
"The harder the wood the more pleasure I get from
chipping away and exposing the forms that I want."
The appearance of tool marks on the entire surface of
this sculpture was atypical of the artist's carvings.
More commonly, tool marks were used to suggest the
contrasting textures of hair or clothing. But here the chisel marks
unify the shimmering, tactile surface and define the forms in a
manner similar to the crosshatching technique in a drawing.