The task was to create a 3D self-portrait, using a piece of Hebel stone ($6.00 at Bunnings).

Realising that I don’t have very good 3D spatial awareness, I decided to tackle the Hebel task as a sort of lino-cut drawing, rather than as a sculpture.

This meant treating the Hebel stone ‘softly’ rather than ‘strongly’ with the chisel & mallet, and the scrapers. This was the big surprise element for me: I thought I would have to be hacking and smashing into the stone.

And then I just breathed in and out with each scrape and chisel … that’s where the meditative element came into play. I like to think that I was channelling Barbara Hepworth!

Woman at Rest: three stages of development in Hebel stone