Philosophy in bed or Eva's aria

2008

sculpture, exhibition

In my opinion, paper is a very interesting material to work with. In the history of mankind a great many things were and are linked to paper. I mean that all sorts of information on paper has been passed on from generation to generation. The sculptures I make are theatrical personages in shape. They are made in the spirit of melodrama and a bit overdone but at the same time extremely intimate and close to the heart as many things in our everyday life are. Initially I worked with clay as well. I used clay to represent the way of thinking, the mentality of people living in one place or another and the steps that each human has to make to become a personality in the different stages in the formation of human beings. That time the figures I made in paper were intended to represent the religious part of humanity, which was meant to free mankind from external needs. I tried to express myself by showing what a person could be without being under pressure from these external factors and without being subjected to the forces of inevitable circumstance. That idea turned out to be utopian. I started to convey my thoughts as though they were played by actors on stage, a kind of mutual performance based on the ideas mentioned above. It worked and still works. My installations are open stages for me to express my soul and my mind. Karen Sargsyan

Karen_Sargsyan, Philosophy in bed or Eva’s aria, 2008, exhibitions views, Villa Romana, Florence; photo: Villa Romana

Philosophy in bed or Eva’s aria