MATERIALS: Cypress wood, brass, aluminum

YEAR:  2009

SIZE: 20x30x45 cm

I built the artwork in such a way that the gaze rests on the unstitching of the skin on the back of the figure. The pulling out stitches symbolically represent a metaphor of freedom: we often adopt a second personality because we are unable to “be” ourselves when we relate to others. The fear of being judged or not accepted by society leads men to wear a mask: only by stripping off this mask – built for personal defense – men will learn to accept themselves for what they are finally finding  an inner peace.

The rays coming out of the sculpture’s back are like glimmers of a new and more sincere personality, possible only after a strenuous search in one’s inner self. This discovery, this goal, is represented by the tense position of the figure.