Marble is my chosen medium for exploring the newness of something that has existed in one form or another since the beginning of time. The nature of this material resonates with the void, and offers a glimpse into the creation of something true. The origins of the material are the essence of my work and at the heart of my process. Somewhere, within the limits and possibilities of a stone, dwells a language beyond time and space. This is where I search for the shape of my ideas.
Kent Laforme, a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada, studied under renowned Canadian sculptor and artist John Greer. Laforme earned his BFA in 1994 and continued his studies at the Studio Leonardi in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he worked as a sculptural assistant for Greer and other well-known artists such as Cynthia Sah and Akiko Sato.
Constantin Brancusi and Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi have both influenced Laforme's work. Laforme's Japanese Canadian heritage is a thematic thread that runs through much of his work, echoing Noguchi's appreciation and natural affinity for east-west perspectives and how that cross-cultural sensibility manifests in art.
Despite a body of work that includes paper and ink drawings, watercolour and oil paintings, and bronze, Laforme is best known for his unique and bold marble sculptures, which have been exhibited in New York, Hong Kong, Italy, and across Canada.
For the past twenty years, Laforme has maintained his studio practice at the edge of the forest near PKOLS on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Laforme acknowledges the language of the land, and respectfully works on the unceded traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.