Paradox, 2016, wood, copper, terracotta, polyester.

 

Zeno of Elea (Philosopher 489 AD-431 AC) was aware that public won’t understand why a thing is what it is, hence he chooses to use a clever example to support his ideas, a paradox, a statement that contradicts itself and yet might be true and valid to promote critical thinking.

In the same way, Paradox collection invites the observer to understand how a thing has been made. The imperfections and roughness of the prototype-crafted piece, paradoxically becomes faultless and immaculate in the serial plastic production of the same object.

The grooves of the hammer, the thumb’s spread of terracotta, the knife carves and the veins of the mould make the objects perfect for what they are, these imperfections should not be hidden.
The plastic objects we buy at the store are simply reflections, shadows of a prototype made by hand, we become then prisoners of Plato’s cave, unable to recognize that what we see are not real forms but surrogates.