My father immigrated to the United States in 1952 to become a Presbyterian minister;
his choice of careers has had a lasting impact on my own life. It was also my father
who introduced me, his first child born in the United States, to the world of art by
providing my first pocket knife at the age of five and giving me books on wood carving.
Thus began a life long romance with sculpture.
In the early 1980's I traveled to the Middle East with my father, and it was there that I was inspired to carve in stone. I found the rich heritage of our past preserved in a variety of quarried materials, from alabaster to marble. When I returned to the United States I accepted the challenge of working in stone and have discovered it to be an entwinement of agony and ecstasy.
My current subject matter is derived from the texts of the Bible, the Koran, and the Torah. This work has become a cumulative process of my own spiritual journey, in what it means to grow up as an integral member of the religious community and as a minister's son. As you may note in this current collection, the title of each piece has a double entendre and each sculpture a negative and positive side. This reflects my own feelings about organized religion. Although there are many problems within the religious community at this point in time, all of these religions have at their core a search for spiritual enlightenment and eternal peace.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my sculptures.
Questions and comments are welcomed. Please e-mail John Saikaly at firstname.lastname@example.org