SCULPTURES ON MOSS BEDS
Steel, cable ties, unfired clay, wire, hay, 2021
Board 1 – 2
Inkjet print on wood, 2021
Sami Schlichting (born 1987 in Cuxhaven, Germany) lives and works in Düsseldorf. His sculptures linger in ambiguity. Some of them are impetuous with elongated limbs that stretch out like dendrites. Others look up with mutual curiosity, as if they were looking back. Organic, unruly materials, like straw and white, unfired clay, are often combined with wooden or metal parts, or wire bent into an inner skeleton. When juxtaposition and disjunction come into play, something third arises: in a sense, it is a form of alchemy, a process in which the material takes on another, immaterial status, and a different presence from that which was there before. These sculptures recall automata, though with a more organic and less ordered form than we have come to comprehend the physical rules and forms of artificial life.
(*1987 in Cuxhaven, DE) lives and works in Düsseldorf. Sami Schlichting graduated from the class of Rebecca Warren at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2016.