|Artwork created during residency|
|Artwork created prior to residency|
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Residency: October-November 2016
The idea of being at Sculpture Space was to add and change something in the work that I have been doing. I used wood and materials that would suit my project, and from these raw materials the first shapes began to develop.
I chose the corner of the studio to guide the shapes of the sculpture. From the floor, following the ceiling, the wood shapes developed as it usually does in my work. The first change was to not use concrete as one of the main materials as used in my previous works. Typically the idea of my sculptures is to use the wood as a cast to fill with concrete, as a technique of building construction to make reinforced concrete. In this case, the rebar that normally goes inside of the concrete was explored as part of the composition, taking it from the interior to the exterior and using it as a different element to add lines to the three-dimensional “drawing” that I was creating.
I like to think about my work as an architectural drawing that adds and intervenes the space where it is installed. Taking this idea deeper, I decided to burn the sculpture and finalize it with a natural charcoal color. This dark color added contrast between the work and the wall as a background, visually not far from a two-dimensional, charcoal drawing on paper.
These changes that progressed during my residency have already brought new thoughts, ideas and possibilities to apply to my next work. For me, the importance of attending the Sculpture Space residency was taking time to explore, thinking in different ways, and improving my concepts and aesthetics.
About the Artist:
The beginning of Sassi's artistic career is characterized by the development and practice of urban interventions, using and experiencing the city as a support, reflection and inspiration for his work. This research so far conducted on urban intervention became a reference to an aesthetic and conceptual three-dimensional and space-oriented sculptures. Taking as a starting point influences from the street/ outside as its architecture and urban settings, Sassi's body of work is created by the relations between these areas and the visual arts, using build materials and techniques to make structures that act on the space creating its own architecture.