Eike Waltz: An Artist Outside The Box

Artist Eike Waltz

Artist Eike Waltz

 

Eike Waltz has enjoyed a twofold career as ballet dancer in his native Germany, as a US based international engineering designer and international electronics industry consultant. Between these careers, he studied fine art and industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London. In his sculpture of the last decade, Eike Waltz brings a designers edge and a balletic flow to metal, resin, bronze and fiberglass. He received a MdesRCA (Master of design, Royal College of Art, London) and became a US citizen in 1997.

Artist statement:

As a great admirer of Jean Cocteau I met with him (so in a dream) when I was 20 years of age where he confronted me with the importance of “the line”. At the same time when I (then a ballet dancer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin) was told by a family member of Stefan Zweig (the writer) to pursue the meaning of “to say” (say it outside the box – say it as you see it – say it with passion – be concise with no frills). This prompted me to define “Sculpitti” my own style of communication, free of any artistic norms and conventions, realizing that I am a member of a nothing has changed world.

Sculpitti is the generic name given to a style of sculptures made to provide for an artistic solid foundation (like the nameless wall in graffiti) primarily to convey a statement or message or short story, which over time may be re-configured / renamed to re-convey a different statement or message or story (like over painting existing graffiti on an otherwise strategically placed wall with a new message).

Sculpitti sculpture is fundamentally created free of a permanently attached name and the (technical) execution is only to be seen as the reflection of the artist’s expertise. In other words, the presently attached name is temporarily helping you to imagine a story or message.

Returning to the Square & Circle

Returning to the square and circle in Ice is a series of bronze sculptures which demonstrate the result. Both the importance of “the line” and what “to say” expressing a short story using the most basics of shape: 3D childlike “stickman” translated into square and circular shapes. Detail such as hands, fingers, feet, facials, and color play little or no role as the overall shape “speaks”. Ice (the choice of the final bronze patina) has many shades of “no colors”, hence also called the “Ice Series”.

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