What led you to the world of sculpting?
K-P: I was seven when I started this. I was inspired by the paranormal activity I was experiencing. I started to have these feelings that something was watching me… Something spiritual. Using this connection, I took hold of the clay and started sculpting. It was as though I was taking creative instructions from something other-worldly, which were then channelled through my hands to my artwork. This continues today; when I take a piece of clay or start to draw I don’t know what’s coming.
How long does it take to produce each piece?
They are produced in my own glass factory – Doomwatch – and can take up to 28 days to produce a piece. There is a computer acting as the ‘brain’ of the kiln (glass oven). Every colour develops at a different temperature, as glass is an amorphous material.
You get a feeling as to what kind of colours you want the piece to have, but the mixture is always a surprise at the end. That is what makes them unique, like life itself. I don’t want to copy and paste my art.
What is the creative process like for you?
When I’m creating, I feel the back of my head getting hot. My friend, who is also an artist, suggests that I’m a dry shamanist; my gate to the spiritual world is open. When I’m sculpting I believe I’m using some sort of latent skills or powers. There’s something cryptic that opens when I start to create. The work is teaching me. My hands get instructions from the creating process, which has no beginning and no end. For that reason, no one piece can be replicated; always unique. I have to be humble with the process.
It’s an immersive experience, working with every area of the clay. I trust my fingers because they know exactly what kind of forms are needed, like I am creating some sort of organism. A pathologist once said my sculptures are anatomically true; perhaps there is an animal which we don’t yet know about that looks like one of my creations!
When I was young I enjoyed studying frogs and fish; I was so interested in what was happening in nature and the processes involved. I enjoy exploring something that is near us but also very hard to catch, like interesting creatures underwater.
What can we expect from your exhibition?
I don’t normally do exhibitions as I believe pieces of art are sacred things. I am orthodox myself, and since I was young I have firmly believed in God. So this is a special event.
I wanted to use my art as a tool to understand deeper issues. If nobody understands them now, perhaps they can understand them in 800 years. I’m not so much of a contemporary artist; I have my own mission. I’m not trying to please everyone with my works – and that can sometimes be part of the issue. I’m also not interested in fashion or fads; I’m more about the spiritual field. It is my aim to wake people up to find their inner souls, and to encourage people to access their own peace and power. But I give no instructions with my sculptures. They must be felt by the viewer.
What would you like to tell the people of Gibraltar?
I welcome you to come and interact with the sculptures. I want you to find the inner power of yourselves by looking at my art, to sponsor and uplift the energy present in humans, and to give you the possibility of getting to know yourself, as life is a mystery. The audience is in the main role; I’m not giving any guidance. I think the exhibition will give good vibes and good energy.
I really like it here. It’s like a fortress, full of nature which we must protect. I also love the monarchy, and hope to give one of my sculptures to the Queen one day. I will be gifting one to His Excellency while I am here. I really respect a strong leadership; I’m a little bit old-school that way. I’m not in a contemporary fuss, and that’s why I use these materials, and thousand-year-old techniques, but with modern tools.
Who is your inspiration?
Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali… but now I feel they’re not on the same level I am trying to reach, so perhaps my real inspiration is God. The more you read about artists you like, the more you find go things you don’t like. When I was young I needed idols but now not so much anymore. I respect all masters, but I know their limitations.
Picasso said primitive art is the ultimate target. You have to go straight to the source.