Works by Dalton Ghetti
November 6 - 14, 2014
Dalton M. Ghetti sculpts art from the pointed ends of graphite pencils. The figures -- some now on display at the Kimura Gallery -- are so small they are almost lost from view without magnification.
He uses a sewing needle and a very fine scraping tool to craft images of everyday objects -- letters, numbers, utensils, furniture or buildings -- in astonishing detail. His work is the antithesis of the notion that bigger is better. The allure of the work is clearly the minute detail.
The fine craftsmanship of his sculptures stems from his work as a carpenter and builder of custom furniture. Born in Brazil, he learned how to sew from his seamstress mother. When he was 9, his parents provided him with metal tools for sculpting. Those early experiences led to a lifetime of creating in three dimensions.
He came to the U.S. in 1985 at age 24, earned an associate's degree in architecture and now works as a carpenter and builder. He is self-taught in the sense that his carved pencils are the result of developing his own methods.