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Marcelo Suaznabar

Marcelo Suaznabar


"Creature IV"

3.5" x 7" x 10"

Ceramic Terracotta

Creatures & Demons / Artist Statement

Marcelo Suaznabar

From the beginning of my career, angels and demons -in an eternal dispute between good and evil- were part of my artwork. This series was called Sacred Art, but as I progressed with the body of work, the demons and temptations dominated the space in my canvases and I was leaving in the past themes of celestial beings.

I stayed with the demons series for a long time, while constantly incorporating strange creatures into the theme. Then, I let them rest while I was working on new series. It felt like these demons and creatures were sleeping in my mind. At the beginning of 2020, I woke them up again. I turned to represent these demons and strange creatures in small-format paintings, as well as exploring three-dimensional ceramic technics.

I must say that these demons and creatures are the results of the continued creative process of searching for new forms of expressing my creativity. Through the use of clay and different sculptural techniques, I can explore my art in different ways. Giving a volume and modeling shape to these creatures is something that I was not been able to experiment with before. The different types of clay, combination of glaze colors and manipulation of the soft material allow me transposed these strange personages from my existing paintings into three dimensions living beings giving them a new reality.

Furthermore, creating a creature in a three-dimensional format is allowing me to paint on a canvas with different textures, dimensionality, and perspectives.

I find it fascinating to transfer the ideas of these strange arthro- and zoomorphic creatures to sculptural artworks with the direct touch of my hands, giving them form, volume and space within our reality. This process is opening up an infinity of possibilities for me to continue to explore and innovate my hungry creative drive.

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