Although ultimately it is individuals who carry out atrocities, violence is usually a social process. It takes time, it alters situations and it changes human beings.
The artistic process, usually carried out in a private space such as the artists studio, is usually an individual one. While the processing of the artwork is a social endeavour, supported by critics and the art community, which are at the same time influenced and changed by it.
The above is almost an exact description of my personal creative thinking related to this study and the practice of sculpture. Within the artistic realm, imagined violence is not only free and safe to think about, but actually even possible to carry out on a block of stone. The temptation has entered the mind and first steps have already been taken (see the “shot stones”). The first experiments are tests to fine tune the actual act/performance which will inspire other ideas and actions (see the “acid” works and latest performances). This is exactly what happens to the sculptor during the act of sculpting. The rhythm of the hammer and chisel blows resonates within the body and the mind transcends the physicality of the action entering into a euphoric state.
This is exactly what happens to the sculptor during the act of sculpting. The rhythm of the hammer and chisel blows resonates within the body and the mind transcends the physicality of the action entering into a euphoric state.
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