Damjan Komel Originally from Nova Gorica, Slovenia. His artistic language describes man`s constant fight with his own nature. Though the organic forms of Warriors of Light or the other sculptures in different materials - marble, wood, clay or bronze he is trying to express his inner feelings, observations, frustrations, ideas and beliefs into contemporary art language. With the knowledge of traditional carving methods, mixed with today`s modern carving techniques, his sculptures assume the power to create within the viewer the desire to touch t...
Sculpture: 'Visionary seed (Contemporary marble abstract statues)' by Damjan Komel
The Seed of Light In his artistic vision Damjan Komel captures the moment in nature that his eye cannot fully comprehend, yet is seen by his inner, third eye and sensed by his soul. This can recognize other dimensions of human existence and materialize the magic of the deed into miraculous shapes. These are usually condensed into abstract interlacements of lines, volumes, and light at play that evoke feelings of beauty, pleasure and admiration. The sculptor’s hands bring to life a new form, which carries both the artist’s as well as universal messages. Recently these messages seem to originate in nature, where a seed chains the artist’s idea to itself in a metaphor of rebirth; seed – scattered from the branches, sprigs, and leaves of the maple tree by the winds of the Bora, be it from the Karst or Vipava region –, falling to the ground in a dance of rhythmical movements, rotations and whirls in order to once again unite with the soil, with Mother Earth. So a new tree may spring from it, a new life in which the seed of light might grow: in the sculptor’s artistic vision as a stone, bronze, or wooden vertical attached to a pedestal - monumental, radiant and smooth in its search for light, but at the same time slender and delicate, interlaced with the gentle undulation of transitions. Sculpture titled The Seed of Light, marble and wood, 2015 Sculptor Damjan Komel uses his hands, tools and machines to create shapes that are full of vital energy and evoke feelings of a timeless beauty. His inner musings, in relation to nature and people surrounding him, are brought to life using classic sculpting materials. These call for great expertise in handling them as well as an abundance of love for classic sculpture forms and messages. Devotion, patience, and inner strength all play a role in his creative process due to the fact he uses unforgiving materials that do not allow for error or carelessness. That is especially true of stone, marble and wood, which permit subtracting, chiselling or cutting away but only rarely adding. He brought this particular sculpture into existence in marble and wood. With valour, honesty and warmth, aware of the fact he is breathing life into a new seed of light that each of us carries within. His intention is to spur on aspirations and cravings and show us that once we connect to our most authentic selves the sky is the limit. Nelida Nemec
340 x 100 x 60 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 11 ft 1 6/7 in x 39 2/5 in x 1 ft 11 2/3 in
"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful." Sir Roy Strong
The sculptures (Fiddleheads Male and Female) arrived this morning and look fantastic. If you could pass on my thanks to the artist (Oliver Strong), I would be most grateful. Many thanks for your assistance,
Nicholas Shipton, Beds. Gt. Britain, United Kingdom.