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Artist Statement Steffen Jopp dated December 28th, 2023 at 11:55 pm
Within my artistic practice, I refine modes of self-perception and juxtapose them with a volatile environment. Consequently, identity templates emerge, akin to self-portraits manifested through diverse techniques, always in close proximity to the corporeal realm. These portraits function as universal composite systems, bridging the emotional inner world, dreams, and reality, navigating the paradoxes inherent in the human-made environment and social interaction.
Over the years, my body of work has evolved from print graphic works on paper and video performances, continually honing its precision and density. Currently, various materials are employed across distinct thematic series. Thin, polished stainless steel sheets are transformed into folded, slender bodies mounted on the wall. Through incisions, manual folding, and deformation, they transform into visors or shields, assuming a mask-like appearance. Their scale, however, transcends human proportions. Perfectly polished to a mirror finish, they visually alter the actual space they inhabit, simultaneously fragmenting external information like all subjects, intricately reflecting it back.
Freestanding sculptures crafted from aluminum, copper, or brass constitute bioamorphic skeletons, standing naked and unencumbered within both interior and exterior spaces. Frequently utilized materials include metals and cowhide, manipulated with focused folds, bends, breaks, burns, and scratches. Exhibiting extraordinary resilience, durability, and endurance.
Integral to my body of work are photographs of parts of human bodies serving as a flexible interface and skin as a communicative organ. The motifs, resembling microscopic landscapes, are directly printed on cattle leather or copper, partially scraped or worn away with solvents.
I perpetually observe and assess my environment and the individuals around me. However, the completed works often veer into a humanoid or anthropomorphic domain. These creations can be perceived as rugged and archaic, yet equally as components of futuristic technology and within the realm of science fiction. My endeavor is then to reintegrate them into my emotional and worldly system.