Greek artist Paulina Cassimatis captures the essence of human relationships through her figurative sculpture. Visit her website to see more of her portfolio.
As a child I often visited my grandmother’s house. Scattered around her living room were many little porcelain figurines that she loved and collected. As I grew older, I realized I also had a strong passion for them too.
At the age of fifteen, I remember staring at those objects, touching them, feeling their form and smoothness. I felt a strong urge to make figurines myself. It was then that I grabbed modelling clay for the first time and never let it go. I was making figures in all shapes and sizes non-stop.
Being very introverted, I found that making sculpture was a great way of expressing my emotions and ideas.
I must say, I still do the same today. I use the human form to express ways of being, of people together and apart. Through my compositions I create stories, situations and circumstances.
My influences today come from various places. Being Greek, I have always studied and deeply admired ancient Greek art. I appreciated the simplicity of form in the early ages of community life in Greece as well as the heavier and monumental sculpture of the classical era.
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I love the Kouroi, especially as they stand tall like strong columns seemingly able to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
My subject matter has never changed. Infatuated by the human form, I never tire of trying different ways to express what I see and feel. To do this, I use a variety of materials. Sometimes I like to create rough and expressionistic forms using bronze.
Other times I want the work to be soft and slick, so I use acrylic materials painted in vibrant colours to make the figures more realistic, yet still distant in their own space and in their own world. I like to surprise myself and thus rarely plan my strategy. Using my intuition and by visual ability, I let myself be led in the moment. On the other hand, I am very specific and pre-plan when I create an installation. I imagine then that I am dealing with an orchestra. I aim to create a strong visual composition, a rhythm that captures the eyes of the viewers through the beauty and the complexity they are faced with.
I love what I do! Every day is an adventure into a world of colour and form—a kaleidoscope of ideas.
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