Matthias Contzen

The main Inspiration and Motivation of my work as a sculptor, is the deep desire to disentangle the true nature of Form. Were does Form comes from and why does it mysteriously manifest in a certain way, following a sacred, hidden pattern, tangible in the whole UNIVERSE, both in micro and macro structures of all the elements? That is the core question, propelling my livelong artistic research.

At the beginning of my career I was very much inspired by both, nature itself and other artists inspired by nature, like Henry Moore, Max Ernst and Jean Arp. I was also fascinated by the approach used by Ernst and Arp, which is called the Free Association: By clearing the mind and looking at the chaos in a contemplative way, one is enabled to get a glimpse of the essence or “truth” beyond reality and translate it intuitively into an inspired artwork, avoiding the ratio and the planning of the mind, which could lead to “artificial” results. The theory of Plato’s Universe of Ideas says, that beyond our World of illusion, imperfection, impurities and changes, which is our material World, there is a real world of forms, were Perfection, Beauty and Truth always existed and eternally will exist as a concept. I see it as my artistic challenge to approach these eternal Qualities as much as possible and transcribe them into matter. Some 30 years ago, I first heard about the concept, that form follows Sound and Frequencies, in Joachim E. Berendt s Book “The World is Sound”. I was very impressed by his Theory, which explains, that any Form on Earth is created by sound and also that all the planets in our solar system are tuned, following the exact frequency and proportions of the 7 tones in our Music Scale.

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