'Paolo e Francesca'
1999 - stone: granito nero africano
Pepper’s most recent works are constructed from large slabs of stone. The lines that skim the surface of her pieces allude to the hand of the artist and are a testament to the physical processes of creation. 'Paolo e Francesca' was included in a retrospective of the artist's work held in 1999 at Grounds For Sculpture. This work was carved from a single block of black African granite. Pepper makes careful cuts to encourage natural breaks in the monolith in the interest of revealing the inherent character of the stone. In this piece in particular, she penetrates the stone to create a triangular “altar” or window of negative space which functions as a major integrating element in the work.