Sébastien Pauwels

“In my eyes, the caryatid embodies the balance between abstraction and figuration. An idealised silhouette that synthesises the link between antiquity and modernity (throughout its history, sculpture gradually freed itself from architecture).

Originally, it perpetuates the idea that the proportions of the human body are at the source of sculpture and embodies the impossibility of Greek thought to apprehend infinity.

Freed from its status as a column and by detaching itself from the architecture, it causes an inversion of the function of the pedestal and the representative figure. The silhouette acts as a support. She carries a pedestal, which no longer supports anything but emptiness.

She is a female figure, who, freed from her act of architectural servitude, embodies in my eyes a powerful resilience.”