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CAKE – Contemporary Art Keen Enthusiast

Sometimes contemporary art just makes you smile, whether it’s the wit and intelligence, the humorous pluck that an artist creates something incredible with just lateral thinking. Sam Shendi’s humour and vibrancy in his work has an emotive complexity. His most recent sculptures, from his ‘Harlequin’ collection, have an anthropomorphic style, they resonate the imaginations of childhood, the fictitious characters that sit in children’s dreams or story books. ‘The Dream Catcher’ six different artworks, a crouching humanoid creature with horns in pillar box red, or striding in cobalt blue, the wide smile on two legs in coloured stripes anchored in black socks, or the figurative half human, life sized in stripes. Combined with the subtle attention to detail, with little birds, the whole has an overwhelming presence of power. As if somehow something is unconsciously evoked in you. His artworks are a mystery of imaginings, all the colours symbolising meaning; green is innocence, blue is in “being blue” and red representing anger or sexuality. The artwork ‘Defeated Butterflies’ a powerful political narrative, a life-size bright green bull, that symbolises government. ‘Fragile’ a colourful representation, of a shire horse in blue. His ‘Calligraphy’ series or ‘Paper Cut’ sculptures in liquorice all sorts colours that almost resemble Mondrian’s paintings come to life. The artworks playing with light, projecting differing characteristics as shadows.

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Interview: Antoinette Haselhorst