Sven Schilling is a sculptor who is completely under the spell of his materials. For the sculptures are the oak and iron. The properties of the oak, its cultural connections, their history and many-sided significance, play with it into its fascination for this special wood. All sculptors who work with wood, deal with the connections of the used materials: The very special characteristics of the wood used, its origin or the circumstances of the acquisition play a part in the history of the sculptures.
The physically haptic fascination, which from the wood used on the artists are an important part of the artistic process. Also, Sven Schilling does not have the oak in purely pragmatic terms select. When asked, he mentions many aspects of the oak in the ultural or mythological context was considered a paradise tree, a tree of life. Your fruits, the acorns, could just get in emergency times can be processed into foodstuffs in a variety of ways. Also, religious forces were given to her, and judgment was made under her.
The oak is a symbol of strength and strength and also of eternity. The oak leaves are component of military rank and are found on coins. she goes as tree of myths and fairy tales. From it, medicines could be won and until today it is used in Bach flower therapy.
Featured image: Sven Schilling – 16/11, 2016. Materials include oak, iron and parchment. 32″ x 34″ x 23″. 80 x 85 x 57 cm. Photo courtesy PotatoMike