by Richard MC Chang (Translation by Timothy Chang)
Carrara-based sculptor Gheorghi Filin adores the ocean and finds much of his creative inspiration from the myriad of creatures that live behind the waves, real or imaginary. Mermaid cleverly combines figurative representation with geometric abstraction, transforming the alluring mythological creature into an artistically-crafted reality. The sculpture is part of an established and on-going series that have been acquired in public collections throughout Europe, China, and Taiwan. Mermaid of 2017 is crafted from pristine Italian Carrara Statuary marble, the world’s most sought after marble since the days of Michelangelo.
The structural composition of Mermaid is divided into three distinct sections; bust, torso, and tail. Each section is embellished with the delicate fins of a fish and situated on separate bases, which were carved from the same slab of marble. Pieced together, the bases form a wave-like pattern reminiscent of the motion of the ocean, while the sequence of bust, torso, and tail summarize in a modern and minimalistic manner the beauty of the female form in conjunction with mythological imagination.
Goddess of Love and Beauty
The flawless white Carrara marble of Italian sculptor Gheorghi Filin’s Venus is finely carved and smoothly polished, appearing as soft and delicate as the skin of a young woman. The organic combination of three rhombuses vertically stacked, in proportional harmony, is minimalistic in style and dynamic in composition. Subtly isolated as the most graceful parts of the female body, the lips, chin, chest, and torso are gently carved with soft elegant curves, especially the exquisitely treated torso, alluring and beautiful, symbolizing the source of life.
Gheorghi Filin with Venus, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Gheorghi Filin