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The doors of Curtin's sculpture
department were still swinging
behind him when Christian de
Vietri first took Perth's art scene by
storm eight years ago.
Since then doors have blown open in
almost every direction for the 28-year-
old, the latest taking him to New York City
where he just completed his Masters degree
at Columbia University.
He's exhibited at the National Gallery
of Australia, undertaken residencies in
Stokholm and Versaille, and won so many
grants and awards the term 'wunderkind'
barely seems apt.
More recently, Christian (and fellow WA
artist Marcus Canning) also received the
commission for a $500,000 public artwork
that'll take form outside Perth's St George's
Cathedral next year.
e Kalgoorlie-born sculptor is driven
by an interest in the unknown. By creating
pieces that are outwardly accessible yet
perplexing in nature and detail, he reminds
us there's still much to discover about
"I work from a belief that the material
world is animated in some way," he says.
"But at the same time I work with a disbelief
in the reality of that world."
Coupling these ideas, Christian seeks
to create objects that assert a particular
presence in the world, but also deny or
confuse the viewer's access in some way.
"With the figurative works there are
elements that are familiar," he says. "You
understand aspects of the piece, you engage
with it immediately on a certain level. But
at the same time there are parts of the object
that create an experience of uncertainty and
make you question what you're seeing. In
the nature of these pieces is an acceptance
that there's a lot in this world we don't
know about, and some things we simply
Christian's latest collection explores the
changing aspects of human belief, from
the primordial sublime to the invention of
an unknowable being to the supernatural
e six-piece installation was created for
his Masters degree in fine art, which he
RED ALERT: This piece, Four thousand
three hundred and fifty years, from Christian's
Masters exhibition, is made of neon glass,
electrical transformers and heavy duty nails.
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