Arzaan Khambatta - Scrap Metal Sculptor
Over my summer, I spent a lot of time at the amazing artist Arzaan Khambatta’s workshop. I learnt how to weld, cut and conceptualise in terms of scrap metal. I found that as I walked around his studio, his work inspired me a lot as did the scraps of metal lying around waiting to be made into something beautiful.
Mr. Khambatta’s work is innovative and involves a lot of use of the human figure, emphasising the muscle structure. One piece that really got my attention was that of a large hybrid of dragonfly and scorpion and human. The body was made from a motorcycle body, and was engraved beautifully by the artist.
“I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or covering man’s traces.”
Kenna photographs in black and white, and his subject matter consists mostly of landscapes. He has brought an unprecedented view to photography, a unique and completely unusual mystery. Known primarily for his long-exposure night photography, he enjoys the unpredictability of night photography. He sometimes photographs in such a way that night appears to be day, creating an eerie feeling. I wrote my IB Extended Essay on this intriguing photographer, and found that most of his work rings of loneliness, desolation, seclusion. He creates spacial cues with solitary objects in large spaces and is a stickler for minimalism.
Aelita Andre : Child Prodigy
Aelita Andre, is 5 years old. And her paintings have sold for $24,000. What draws people to them? Is it knowing that she’s only 5 years old? Or is it the paintings themselves?
“If I wanted to stay in the fine art field, I knew I had to join my contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. I knew that it was time to let go of all the finely-tuned skills I had acquired over the years, and just trust in the process of making art. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say.”
PAIGE BRADLEY, SCULPTOR