“Life Reflections 1” came about spontaneously as a result of test objects lying around in my workshop.
Its main feature is its cracked upper surface. It symbolises the facade that has emerged over time, the outward appearance. It is made of wire and clay and is the origination of this work.
Yet, what is more interesting than the facade, and more important to me, is what is behind it. The body thus emerged, with its curved lines and the large opening at the top. As a whole, the body of the sculpture is supposed to represent the abstract interior.
The facade is also not necessarily the front of the sculpture. Depending on how you look at the sculpture, different meanings can be assigned to the hole at the top. If the hole is viewed as being open to the front, it symbolises the reception of something. The reception of impressions and insights, or the problems and worries of others. Maybe too great a burden for this creature. In this case, the facade is at the rear and instead represents the hunched back or the shouldered load.
If, on the other hand, one views the hole as facing backwards, then it symbolises the release of something. The being leaves something behind. It symbolises relief, balance. The facade, perhaps the head, can be held high.
This being/life was born from a can. It was initially shaped and guided by imposed values and norms. It remained largely true to this form throughout its life (upward development).
The small opening at the bottom represents a relationship from the past. This no longer exists, but the sheen on the lower half suggests that this relationship still plays a recurring role in the life of this being.
“Life Reflections 1” is a first attempt on my part to represent the interior, what lies behind the facade, in an abstract way.
Height: 47 cm / 18 inch
Width: 20 cm / 8 inch
Depth: 24 cm / 9 inch
Material: clay, wire, metal, concrete, paper, fabric, plastic, acrylic paint, ink
Featured, Noise 2021