Fraser McRae is a Dunedin based sculptor who works predominantly with White Limestone.
Initially, it was the unique attributes of the stone that drew him to the material - namely its softness, coarse grain, and internal consistency. The stone, known as Oamaru Stone, is sawn into blocks at a North Otago quarry, before being distributed. Used often as a decorative contrast to other more common, building cladding materials, many structures can be found boasting the distinctive stone - from the beautiful Dunedin Heritage Railway Station, to modern award-winning homes.
“My work recognises and reflects the distinctive characteristics of the white stone. I enjoy the tactile nature of working with it, the fluid process this allows as I look to create meaning in my work. I also find the play of light and shadow this medium allows gives life to the sculptures.”