Stathis Dimitriadis

The 'Horns of Aeolus' is a memorial stele designed to celebrate the sense of hearing.  It explores visually the sensory stimuli of sounds as they are generated by the physical flow of air through the architecture of space.  It comprises of a vertical rectangular pillar out of which cochlear and tubular elements grow and emerge.  The pillar makes a reference to the human body while the cochlear forms travel through the body and come out from both sides, permitting seeing through it.  The interior surface of the elements will have a metallic finish with copper luster, while the rest of the ceramic body will be shiny milky white.  Analytic description and specifications are included in the project proposal document.

My aim is to create a ceramic sculpture which explores visually the sensory stimuli of sounds as they are generated by the physical flow of air through the architecture of space. The work celebrates the sense of hearing. The sculpture is to be installed in an outdoor landscape as an element of integration of art and nature.

CONTEXT

Sound is generated by the vibration of the media that surrounds the vibrating body. It is the consequence of the motion of matter. It is evidence of vitality and change. Our perception of sound is one of the basic ways of experiencing our material world and it stimulates our imagination from the time we are in the womb.

When we think visually of sound, we relate it to tubular and cochlear forms such as horns and trumpets that generate and amplify sounds. The materials that we use to produce sounds are either membranes or metallic strings and instruments.

In the 'Horns of Aeolus' I will be using horn and tubular elements that grow and emerge from a vertical rectangular pillar. The pillar, a stele, is a reference of the human body and will be proportionally comparable to the average human height. The cochlear forms travel through the body of the stele and come out from both sides, permitting seeing through the body. This relates to the way sound moves through the matter of our body making us transparent to its journey. The interior surface of the trumpets has a metallic finish with copper lustre, as metal is a material linked with musical instruments.

Aeolus was the god of the winds in Greek mythology. His rule on the blowing of the wind makes the sails fill and the bells ring. The 'Horns of Aeolus' is a memorial stele designed to celebrate the sense of hearing. As the wind will blow through the openings of the horns sounds will be created which will enhance the visual metaphor.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The 'Horns of Aeolus' will be made by fine white stoneware clay (PB103 Fine white s/w), biscuit fired at 1080oC, then glazed and re-fired at 1260 - 1280oC. The white milky glaze will be a tin based glossy high temperature glaze.

After the glaze firing, copper lustre solution will be applied in the interior surfaces of the trumpets and a lustre firing at 690-700°C will follow.

The sculpture will consist of 3 parts that will be constructed and fired separately and will be finally bolted together at the final installation.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My ceramic sculptures explore the borderline area between two realms; the liminal state of suspension between the known and the unknown, between the expected and the unexpected. By embracing this situation of paradox and ambiguity I learn to accept change as a fundamental element of life.

In the making process I express the concepts of transition and metamorphosis with actions of twisting, breaking, displacing, inverting and distorting. I throw and hand-build according to the requirements of the form. I emphasize on the tactility of the object and the way contrasting textures change our perception of colour and shape. Glazes, lustres and oxides take part in a long experimentation that ends with multiple firings.

My objects refer to life forms that transform, break and depart. They are vessels of emotions that emerge from the interaction between serenity and tension, roughness and subtleness, solidity and fragility. They are records of an alteration process and metaphors of our transitory existence.

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