This grinning face tile is by Korean sculptor Yeon Koh Warner (b. 1967). Warner was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1967. She graduated from Seoul National University in 1990 with a degree in sculpture. In 1991 she moved to Rome to further pursue sculpture and soon moved north to the town of Torano, (just outside of Carrara), famed for its marble quarries. Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome and many sculptures of the Renaissance were carved from it (including the work of Michelangelo). It was in Carrara that she met the American sculptor, David Warner. The two would eventually marry and continue their mutual pursuit of the three dimensional form in marble, bronze, terracotta, wood and plaster. Their work was widely exhibited throughout Italy. In 1999 they moved to Northern California from Italy. David recently passed and Yeon continues to live in the Bay Area. Many of the pieces in the Lost Art Collection were created during the years living amongst the marble quarries of Carrara and express their “pan-classical” approach to sculpture.