Ashika Marek Ostapkowicz

“I have a soft spot for hard stone. My journey with stone began in 1977 when I was eighteen years old, travelling alone in the windswept tundra of Canada’s Yukon Territories. In the middle of nowhere, I came across a monolith, half sunk into the permafrost. Someone unknown had carved it, paying reverence to the power of nature. I will never forget that moment, when standing in that vast silence, I embraced a message in stone for the first time.

On a personal level, and from the perspective of time, I am giving back to Nature what She gave to me. It’s a full circle. My journey with stone has helped me to find peace and joy. And with nature’s offerings, to create works of serenity and timeless beauty.”