At first glance, one may see the work of Greek artist Teodosio Sectio Aurea as a tangled consortium of metal and wires. But when placed within just the right light source, his bundles of chaos reveal a striking beauty within its shadow. For Aurea, shadow art brings hidden forms into view. What initially looks like a tree is changed into something seductive based on where the light comes from.
Originally trained as a welder, Aurea’s creates metal sculptures that have a secondary existence in its shadow. “Shadows are everywhere, but we hardly ever notice them, ” says Aurea. As an artist, he is very conscious of the darker side of matter and sees shadows everywhere; hidden within every object he encounters. His work is a playful perspective of reality, and every piece creates an unexpected shadow, which for him, is philosophically connected to its original source.
The world of shadows has an element of limitless seduction and is full of its own beauty. Each of Aurea’s art pieces begins with a rough sketch. He draws the future form of the shadow and affixes it to a wall. Then in semi-darkness, he uses a small light source to construct his sculptures. He first looks at the outline and considers the parts that form. When light shines on the works of his near-perfect replicas of paramount paintings, including Pablo Picasso’s Guernica one really begins to look further into the dark side.
Amazingly, Aurea has evolved with his art work and now constructs intricate installations of 3D metal art. Still relying on a light source, these pieces use a different type of sculpture to cast a shadow and are affixed to either a canvas or wood panel. Aureas explains why he continues to construct his working using thick black metal and says, “there is an enduring quality with metal and I want to make pieces that will last forever.”
Nothing is as it seems in his work, each more innocuous-looking and more surprising than the last. For more information on Tedodosio Sectio Aurea, visit his website here.