Maurizio Vanni
art director, critic and historian
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Peter Demetz. The rooms of the self.

At this moment in time, where fiction does not interfere with reality any longer, but where truth invades the boundaries of fiction, Peter Demetz ’s works appear as a natural metaphor of our lives. We’re often aware of the existence of alternative dimensions, of the fact that we lead a life representing only a part of ourselves; most of the time, however, we focus on other issues hindering our interior life to be fully revealed. Plenty of Demetz’s works suggest the presence of two or more possible situations. The coexistence of reality and fiction, of truth and illusion, of daily life and dream is emphasized by plastic scenes which slip into reality through fiction and vice versa.

The human being is at the very centre of Demetz’s inspection: People who seem isolated in their private room even if represented in eye contact with other figures. It seems that the sculptor wants to challenge the dimensional passage, the stargates allowing to go further of what we usually call reality in order to access the dimension where man, free from his social mask, fully finds himself and his interior integrity.
Restricted and articulated architectural spaces give the setting to more or less static figures that seem to be waiting fore something likely to happen any moment. Also the girl who looks for her real image through the reflection of a mirror simply seems to become aware of the own padded prison, of the golden cage where she decides to live in order to be socially accepted.
Solitudes, meditations, interior lights and open mazes where the Minotaur is represented by the individual, fully submerged in fiction, and where Ariadne’s desired thread, often mythicized for our mental health, is simply  to be found in that real dimension which too often scares us.
Demetz’s plastic compositions do not correspond to living spaces, they do not want to tell the stories of specific characters, but rather reveal themselves as existential universes, as spaces in which it is possible to find one’s own awareness. Only through conscience will it be possible to access the “rooms of the self”.

Maurizio Vanni
Firenze 2007
 

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