A Stranger In The Garden – Solo show by Saddo
BC Gallery presents 'A Stranger In The Garden' - a new solo show by Romanian artist Saddo.
Haunted by the thought of death and inspired by a personal fascination with myths, folk stories and religious representation, Saddo explores the different ways we see death –as a state, a process, a threatening thought, or even personified as a deity.
The ways in which death is perceived and dealt with in different cultures and religions, can be very polarizing, from beliefs of resurrection and rebirth, to decay and eternal oblivion.
But inbetween these opposite attitudes, there are numerous nuances, different personifications of death that do not have a very definite meaning: some death deities have an ambiguous character from one representation to another, or they can migrate from one culture to another, changing their shape, meaning, and name in the process. Some of these personifications are illustrated and interpreted in the show.
A Stranger in The Garden tries to suggest the complete mystery which surrounds the subject [of death], and the many ways in which it can be perceived.
Saddo studied Graphics in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where together with a few friends he founded one of the first Romanian street art collectives about 10 years ago. Since then he’s been through many phases and had many different influences, from cartoons, sci-fi and fantasy books and movies, street art, Renaissance art, the works of Arcimboldo, Brueghel, Bosch, Walton Ford, naturalistic illustrations of plants and birds, floral patterns, and many others.
He has lived all over Romania and spent extensive time in Berlin and Lisbon, taking influence from the vibe of each city, the local history and imagery, honing his painting technique and subject matter with each new project. His latest body of work draws influence from myths, religious imagery, and touches on subjects like violence in human history, the passing of time, nostalgia for a lost luxurious paradise, mortality and death.
A Stranger in the Garden opens at BC Gallery, Libauer Str. 14 10245 Berlin on March 13th and runs till April 25th.