Thursday, 7 July 2011

Tim Mantzouridis- Ambiguous Perception Series

I started work on this series in early 2009. A lot of progress has been made since then, from those early humble beginings, to what I'm working on at the moment, but I will work my way through, chronologically in order to demonstrate how it all began.

"Ambiguous Perception" is all about, as the name implies, ambiguity and how each person looking at the work can relate to it; make their own interpretation. It's also about the digital age we're in and it's effects on society.

My "Artist's Statement" reads like this.......

My fascination with the human form since early childhood has intensified in recent years, following my investigation of psychology, spirituality and human behaviour. This interest and research have influenced the development of my work.

My current work is based on a series of self portraits whereby my aim is to raise awareness of the human condition through abstraction. These sculptures portray the various aspects of myself as well as broader facets of human nature, utilising techniques such as casting, press moulding and assemblage, using found objects.

The naturalesqueness of the raw-fired clay complements the purity and complexity of these abstracted portraits which are characteristic of monolithic and striated rock formations found in nature. Having been shaped through space and time by compression, movement, shifting, weathering and gravitational forces, this work is therefore analogous to experience, character and the weathering of the body over time.

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