Damjan Komel

Damjan Komel

Damjan Komel presents a scmall-sized sculpture full of meaning. The statue consists of several parts with various characteristics. Geometric and abstract shapes are marked by methodical  markers: a symbol for percentage and ESC as short for escape, exit. The whole sculpture, actually an object, is made from rice beans that were glued together. The texts were carved in and accentuated with black colour. Describing it requires some attention and there’s the artist’s personal description as well. The basic, quadratic shapes repesent tabs nowadays replaced by touch-screens as means of impulse transport. The largest tab serves as the base carrying the whole composition. Upon it stands a female figure very much alike the praehistoric Venus, holding vertical stacks of cubes of various shapes, towering above the statue and ending with the smallest-size cube/tab, with an engraved black percentage symbol. The author explains: the twelve cubes represent tabs whose number is equal to the number of apostels and of gold stars on the EU flag. The tabs symbolize the invisible links the author is interested in: economical and political networks which are causing the crisis and pollution. The statue stands for a fighting woman, because in the future, we’ll all be fighting for a little rice or bread. What’s left to us is to press the percentage tab, taking part in the bloody fight for survival within the capitalistic system, or to press the ESC tab and restart the system.