My journey with the sculpting experience
Since the beginning and my absolute belief that art is a vision, no matter the fields of creativity vary... and thus, the creative situation summons with it, its field with all its specificities tools... each area with its tools and its raw materials but poses its own aesthetic assumptions that no other area owns... therefore, a lot of artists practice more than one field, achieving and assuring their artistic vision... we see imaging works and other sculpture works for the same artists... and others in the form of drawings... and may be some ceramic works... or graphics... and so on.
This is due to the creative situation itself, it is the one calling the field and the raw material... and in spite of this diversity in field and raw material but the control of the artistic personality of the artist is clearly discernible on all the fields that he practices... and so the artistic vision is achieved regardless of the domain and style.
In this sense, my practices and my artistic experiences were aiming to achieve an artistic personality and confirm that art is a vision and not a style or a scope.
Thus... since nearly half a century of continuous artistic research, i.e. since the sixties of the previous century, I experienced all fields of fine arts... imaging... drawing... porcelain... graphic... sculpture.
And the three dimensions stereogram formation was of urgency from the beginning... I did not hesitate for a moment to respond to its appeal so I constructed sculptural works in the sixties... some of which were small in size, and some were big... and because all this was at that stage where it had been carried out in raw gypsum, which is the material that was available at that time... the big sized sculptures crashed during its movement from one place to another because of the material's nature from which it had been formulated, but some small sized pieces remained till now - which is part of the exhibition work - after they had been formulated in raw bronze.
Since then, quite some time have passed... but the urgency had been always present throughout the journey so that this sense of stereogram prevailed some elements of my pictorial works, where it was peering out of the folds and light and shadow...
And because some small sculptures that survived the destruction in its time journey, which were always in front of my eyes in my studio, I used to ponder them sometimes... and communicate a dialogue with them... and I recently casted these sculptures in raw bronze, especially that it became available with an availability of a fully equipped foundry in Alexandria owned by an artist who is well known for his seriousness and his deep knowledge in the field of bronze casting after having deepened his specialized studies in Italy... and I asked him to cast a small work from the sixties as a trial and also in terms of preservation of the destructive time factors.
After casting this piece, something important to me happened; I saw the sculpture after being casted in raw bronze, an aesthetical dimension have been added to it by this material.
And here, the stereogram work became an urgency of pressure, especially after casting the two more pieces from the sixties... and here started the strong pushing towards returning to achieve the artistic vision in the sculpture field... and the pushing became an imposition obliged to surrender it after it caused me a situation of insomnia.
Mostafa Abdel Moity