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The Author's Manifesto

To create means to me mainly asking questions. I avoid making any great proclamations and manifestos. I have too much of a respect towards material. The first cut into pure, glossy copper I perceive as something dramatic. Then the plate yields itself ever more to the point when it is difficult for me to say when it is time to stop. When you do not quit at the right moment, you can spoil it all.

I often prefer dreaming to reality. Recently I have tried to express the invisible energy which we are filled with and which rises up to the light.

My imagination forces me to look for a way to grasp it. Thus a picture emerges, through which I can communicate with people. Therefore the work of art on display can live its own life. Sometimes it talks to you.

© 1997 Karel Demel, ArtForum / ICZ a.s.
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