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GEORGIADES’ TRACES (article first published : 2001-06-3)

Running in the NSA Main and Mezzanine Galleries until June 16 is Traces by Stavros Georgiades who presents a body of sculptures, including stone and woodcarvings. The exhibition embodies the artist’s spiritual journeys – as well as the inspiration of various religious systems of belief and mythology. Incorporating poetry and words in some of the works Georgiades explores the traces of spiritual growth and continuous search for these meanings in the physical forms he creates.

The works take their cue from what the artist recognizes as the conflation of similarities between various cultures, religions and belief systems. He states “the sculptures are keys that form connections with various states of ‘being’ and understandings of life. My work process in these stone and wood pieces also show the transformation from one state (raw) to another (completion). Both are similar states that we experience on our quest for spiritual enlightenment.”

A full-time artist, Georgiades has taken part in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. He graduated from Technikon Natal and has been resident at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in Germany. He studied marble carving in Tinos, Greece, and is also a skilled metal blacksmith.




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