Jesús Bautista Moroles (American, 1950-2015), Lapstrake, 1986, granite, 88 x 39 x 8 inches, Gift of Steve Chase, 55-1991
Moroles is known for his monumental granite sculptures, their rough textures and elegant forms expressing man’s interaction with nature.
The artist’s uncle, a master stonemason, taught Moroles how to work with stone at an early age during summers in Mexico. After college he absorbed classical European sculpture traditions while working at a foundry in Italy.
The effects of these influences can be seen in Lapstrake. The term refers to a construction method in which planks overlap, but it might also implicitly refer to the aesthetic styles of Precolumbian civilizations as seen in stepped pyramids, interlocking baskets, and weaving.