Featured Artist Paulina Cassimatis

Greek artist Paulina Cassimatis captures the essence of human relationships through her figurative sculpture. Visit her website to see more of her portfolio.

 

bronze sculpture of a family by Paulina Cassimatis

“The Secret” bronze, 60cm x 23cm

 

As a child I often visited my grandmother’s house. Scattered around her living room were many little porcelain figurines that she loved and collected. As I grew older, I realized I also had a strong passion for them too.

 

clay sculpture of figures embracing by Paulina Cassimatis

“Embrace” clay, 53cm x 27cm

 

At the age of fifteen, I remember staring at those objects, touching them, feeling their form and smoothness. I felt a strong urge to make figurines myself. It was then that I grabbed modelling clay for the first time and never let it go. I was making figures in all shapes and sizes non-stop.

 

group of clay sculpture figures by Paulina Cassimatis

Group of ceramic figures, approximately 30cm each

 

Being very introverted, I found that making sculpture was a great way of expressing my emotions and ideas.

 

Group of figures arranged in a puzzle by Paulina Cassimatis

Group of figures arranged in a puzzle, various sizes

 

I must say, I still do the same today. I use the human form to express ways of being, of people together and apart. Through my compositions I create stories, situations and circumstances.

 

acrystal figurative sculpture by Paulina Cassimatis

“Elfi” acrystal, 170cm x 53cm x 53cm

 

My influences today come from various places. Being Greek, I have always studied and deeply admired ancient Greek art. I appreciated the simplicity of form in the early ages of community life in Greece as well as the heavier and monumental sculpture of the classical era.

 

acrystal figurative sculpture by Paulina Cassimatis

“Kostas” acrystal, 193cm x 55cm x 53cm

 

I love the Kouroi, especially as they stand tall like strong columns seemingly able to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.

 

Installation of ceramic figures, exhibition at the Museum of Traditional Pottery by Paulina Cassimatis

“Lens of Clay” installation of ceramic figures, exhibition at the Museum of Traditional Pottery, various sizes

 

My subject matter has never changed. Infatuated by the human form, I never tire of trying different ways to express what I see and feel. To do this, I use a variety of materials. Sometimes I like to create rough and expressionistic forms using bronze.

 

Figures in stone plaster and painted, sculptural installation from Athinais Cultural Center, Athens by Paulina Cassimatis

“Myths of Everyday Life” figures in stone plaster and painted, sculptural installation from Athinais Cultural Center, Athens, various sizes

 

Other times I want the work to be soft and slick, so I use acrylic materials painted in vibrant colours to make the figures more realistic, yet still distant in their own space and in their own world. I like to surprise myself and thus rarely plan my strategy. Using my intuition and by visual ability, I let myself be led in the moment. On the other hand, I am very specific and pre-plan when I create an installation. I imagine then that I am dealing with an orchestra. I aim to create a strong visual composition, a rhythm that captures the eyes of the viewers through the beauty and the complexity they are faced with.

 

Artist Paulina Cassimatis in her studio

Artist Paulina Cassimatis in her studio

 

I love what I do! Every day is an adventure into a world of colour and form—a kaleidoscope of ideas.

 

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