“My ideas are created in my mind, beyond my control. I only choose which one I create.”
“My practice has no pattern, as I work spontaneously”
"I constantly create because I believe it is my purpose to be a sculptor”
"Colour, for me, is the soul of my work"
"I have many styles because each idea has its own shape and form."
"Mental health is part of every artist's journey"
"I always imagine my sculptures completely in my mind before I create them in the physical world."
"The sculptures I create are born mainly from memories inspired by my life and experiences"
"My art has never been about art"
"My sculptures are like my diary, constantly reminding me that I exist"
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Egyptian born, British Sculptor, Sam Shendi, creates joyfully coloured abstractions of the human figure, which, with the subtlest of indicators, hints at the complexity of human interactions. He graduated in 1997 with a first class BA degree with honors from Helwen University of Fine Arts in Cairo.
Shendi’s works reference the work of “minimalism”, the style of paring-down design elements and focusing on the mediums of steel, aluminum and paint. Some of his works are deceptively simple in form but include the qualities of metaphorical associations, symbolism and suggestions of spiritual transcendence, which is what the artist of the 60’s & 70’s were trying to avoid.
His works whittle down the human figure to its simplest form enabling the exploration of the idea of the human form as a vessel. So by reducing the human body to a container or minimal shape, his creations become centred on an emotion or an expression.
The simplicity is no longer the end result and devoid of meaning, but a revelation of a hidden truth and intellectual expression. Shendi’s work, therefore, takes a fine line between representation and abstraction. Whilst he appreciates the abstract form, his interest is in the human and psychological dimensions to his sculptures, stripping human nature down to its essence, and then expressing it in a sculptural language.