Erika Takacs
Sculpture
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I was born and raised in Transylvania, Romania, and currently reside in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.

In my childhood I spent many wonderful hours in my woodcarver uncle's studio, where I was able to observe the transformation of the material during the creative process. I often picked up his hand tools to carve small functional objects.

My sculptural journey started in Toronto through developing skills in clay building techniques and pottery at George Brown College, The Gardiner Museum and Studio on the Hill. My main interest became the human figure.

Years later me and my family moved out of the city. I started experimenting with paper mache and became intrigued by its challenging nature. Today I work exclusively in paper mache.

I draw inspiration from many sources, including history, mythology and everyday subjects that offer possibilities for reflection, questioning and existentialist wonderings. The figures I create are essentially symbols. Although my modelling is somewhat realistic, my main objective is not anatomically correct rendering, but to pursue fleeting moments and states of being that range from the uncomfortable and uncanny to the delicate and otherworldly. Through form and gesture I try to capture and uncover the mysterious wonder buried deep in human consciousness. My sculptures investigate the peaceful collision between the inner and outer self, and mediate between dreams and reality, while testing boundaries.





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