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PROFILE
             DORIS  PAPPENHEIM   
MARMEREN BEELDEN - MARBLE SCULPTURE - OPERE DI MARMO
 
T H E   S O F T N E S S   O F   M A R B L E
 
The Edam resident  Doris Pappenheim started her career as a sculptor
at the age of 50.  Momentarily she lives  most of her time in  Pietrasanta
( Tuscany ), not far away from the marble quarries at Carrara. There she
works  almost continuously  on her creations.  In the  years she
developed herself into a well known professional sculptor and her work
is being sold during exhibitions,  in galleries and by personal commis -
sions.  On  many  locations  in The Netherlands  her sculptures  have
been exhibited.
At an  early age she felt attracted by stone and it's a challenge for her to
create a soft,  female look  from the  hard marble. As soft as the human
skin or the pleats in clothes. Doris: "Sculptures are there to be touched."
The  making of  a  marble  sculpture is  a very labour  intensive  process.
With the  use  of a power saw  and  a pneumatic  hammer  this  process
can be shortened.  However, the finishing by hand is a tedious  process
that will give the result the softness Doris is striving for. First she uses a
special stone, smerillo, followed by endless sanding from course to fine.
Sometimes  a layer  of wax  will be added.  Also the  choice of the sort of
marble  is crucial  for the final result.  She prefers  working with Giallo di
Siena and  Rosa Portogallo marble.