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Christian Sawalski

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My subject matter is using the human body as object and stage of rites and rituals and the uncanny. An organic sculpture, a living memorial for the past and a battlefield of modern society. Figures caught in time, suspended between realism and the deformation of abstraction. Recently I've started experimenting if the psychological effects of the uncanny can be triggered by purely abstract works as well.
I am deeply concerned with the angst of individuals and the cruelty of the conditio humana at large and I have a feeling that one can use art as a vessel of remembrance, to work against one of the biggest flaws of the human mind: forgetting. My work tends to focus on historical roots and I think of my pieces as unfinished fragments that need the observer to attain completion. I would like my paintings to represent, or even trigger memories and emotions in their beholder; to involve them in a quest for the subliminal meaning.
I try confront the viewers with something that exists in their memories but isn't present in their conscience. You have to start a dialogue with the canvas and let your body and soul react to it, let it establish the connections to pictures and stories that already exist in your subconscious.
Over time I've started working more and more in series of paintings, trying to circle around my chosen topic and get close to the core without becoming too literal. Over the course of time the technique might change - it all develops and evolves to its own needs. Within the last few years video became part of the process, to investigate/depict the matter from even more multifaceted angles.


Cell Studios
89 Ridley Road
E8 2NH
London
United Kingdom
Europe


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