Olga Schigal

Olga Schigal – Apple Tree

Natural rubber latex, nylon, plastic jars – $130.00 each

Olga Schigal Sculpture in NZ

Apple Tree explores the relationships between the content and the container, the form and its meanings.

The work is consist of 60  jars containing latex  apples hanging on a tree. The apples were created by covering real apples with multiple layers ,once dry the apples are taken out leaving a thin skin.

It has the exact same shape of the original object but when taken in hand it reveals its true nature: an empty shell with no content.

Latex is used in art to create moulds (the so called negative of a sculpture). In  Apple Tree, the objects in latex are both the positive and the negative: there is only a thin membrane that separates these two opposite concepts.

The material itself has its own life, changing colour and shape like the skin of a human being, and this evolution is part of the concept behind these works.

Olga Schigal sculpture at the Art Park NZ

Olga Schigal – Statement 

The site-specific installation Apple Tree explores the relationships between the content and the container, the form and its meanings. The work is consist of 60  jars with apples in their inside hanging on a tree. The apples are realised with natural rubber latex. They are created covering the real objects with multiple layers ,once dry the apples are taken out leaving a thin skin. It has the exact same shape of the original object but when taken in hand it reveals its true nature: an empty shell with no content. Latex is used in art to create moulds (the so called negative of a sculpture). Instead in the work Apple Tree, the objects in latex are both the positive and the negative: there is only a thin membrane that separates these two opposite concepts. The material itself has its own life, changing colour and shape like the skin of a human being, and this evolution is part of the concept behind these works.

General Statement

My art is a continuous experimentation and discovery. I try to melt together emotions with spontaneous ideas to preserve as much as possible the authenticity of my sculptures using various materials and media. I have lived in many and very different countries. This give me the chance to keep a fresh look on things around me. In fact, each time I move to a new country I undergo a deep transformation: a change of habits, language, culture, food, believes, views of life, landscapes. In a word, I change my identity. In this process, I am forced to reflect on the cultural elements that are common to everyone, which I try to represent elaborating and combining local traditional symbols, iconic places and common objects from our everyday life. I take inspiration from nature and from my memories, from situations that I experienced in the past and from the distant places of my youth, from the foreign landscape that I have visited and where I am actually living in. My artistic research and my way of life are tightly sealed together, which means that for me art is above all an adventure in unexpected worlds.

 Bio

Olga Schigal was born in Ischimbai, Russia in 1980. She lives in Nyagan, Siberia until she is 17, then she moves to Germany. In 2002 she is admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster, where she specializes in plastic arts with Prof. Katharina Fritsch. From 2009 she lives and works in Milan.

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