It has been quite a long path to find himself as an artist. He studied and worked in different areas before being a sculptor. Currently his work is on display in galleries in Germany, France, Spain, United States and Israel.
What’s your background?
After considering applying to Architecture School, I finally graduated in Sales Techniques. Later I worked in theater as a technician, and I participated in the construction of various scenographies. This was a formative experience for me, as I got to discover the joys of the constructive process. Eventually, I went to Art School, but it wasn’t for me and I left during the third year. Finally I created my own path in sculpture, as I found I had always had a special relationship with the medium.
How do you create your sculptures?
I’m not in the habit of making sketches or maquettes. I work directly with wooden scraps in a kind of improvisation. I don’t think about anything but the piece while I’m working on it, it absorbs me entirely.
What inspires you?
As my work is abstract, it’s a bricolage of a multitud of inspirations, funneled through me from everyday life. Sometimes I can notice the inspirations of my work only in retrospect. For example, the empty spaces in my structures reminded me of industriales factories and machineries. Also, biking for an hour a day through the city, surely has an impact on my mind when I’m building these architectural constructions.
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What motivates you?
Every day I go to my studio and cultivate a simbiotic relationship with my work. I love the freedom of being an artist and getting to escape the real world and go to my studio.
You live in Barcelona, how much does the city influence you?
I would say that the way the city influences me is mainly through the material I use. When I started, I would often use wooden furniture I found in the streets as the base materials of my sculptures. In this way, the histories and processes of the city are interwoven into my pieces. I still use reclaimed material, but now it’s just normal wooden scraps.
What are you working on now?
During the first lockdown, as of many artists, I was not able to go to my studio. Therefore I made a lot of paper collages at home. After some experimenting, I came to a type of construction with bicolors stretched shapes and empty spaces. Once I got back in my studio, I was progressively more aware of the influence the collages I had done had on my sculpture work, and right now I am following that new path.
Marc Sparfel – www.marcsparfel.com