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FLAWED GEMS - INTIMATE PORTRAITS ( diptych), 2006-2007
 Terracotta, automotive metallic paint (green and burnt siena)
Each disc 33 cm in diameter,hight approx. 8cm


I became very interested in navels, but also other orifices (like mouth)  when I was pregnant.  It appeared to me that navels are in fact last - and lasting- visible physical connection between mother and child. It is like a scar or kind of »flaw« in the centre of our body, but can be seen also like miniature landscape,  if enlarged….. Belly buttons are very individual; one can say , even  forensic  element.  Navel or belly button is loaded  with  symbolism-from motherhood to sexuality….some people like to show it (piercing!) , some are ashamed of it or even  hate it….. people  and cultures do have very different  relationship  to it, indeed!
 On the other hand, it was an idea to make a different kind of a portrait- intimate one!For me, it became boring  always to make a portrait bust…..  It will sound perhaps even more weird, but the final idea came from observing wheel-caps of cars!! 
I wanted to connect our organs of senses with the matching orifices. So, here we have  dome-like  shapes with noses and ears on the fringe and mouth or bellybutton in the centre. why these things together? I relate hearing with the bellybutton to the time of pregnancy, and we often put our ears close to the woman's belly to hear the baby kicking...or the sense of taste(mouth) is connected to smell of the food ( green sculpture).
In the later stage of developing this portraits, I cleared off all things on the fringe and left only  the bellybutton-the flaw- in the middle.
However, I didn't want them  to look very tangible, so I decided for highly polished surface, painted with metallic automotive paint, that creates a certain distance and gives a look of an industrial object – just the opposite to its original individuality! As in most of my work  I'm, again, pointing to the duality: individual and common.

This sculpture is meant to be together with another similar one , so they create a diptych! The other one  is with ears and bellybutton in the middle and painted with burnt siena, mat metallic automotive paint. I don't have a good  photo of both  together at the moment. However they can be sold separately. They are  meant to hang on the wall and are equipped  with rings for hanging at the back. They both  are hand -made from clay, so a bit heavy!  I recommend  the wall plug and a  screw(Ø4mm). 
So, they are meant to be as reliefs on the wall,but they can be also just put horizontally!
 the signature is on the edge of the front side.
FLAWED GEMS - INTIMATE PORTRAITS ( diptych), 2006-2007
 Terracotta, automotive metallic paint (green and burnt siena)
Each disc 33 cm in diameter,hight approx. 8cm


I became very interested in navels, but also other orifices (like mouth)  when I was pregnant.  It appeared to me that navels are in fact last - and lasting- visible physical connection between mother and child. It is like a scar or kind of »flaw« in the centre of our body, but can be seen also like miniature landscape,  if enlarged….. Belly buttons are very individual; one can say , even  forensic  element.  Navel or belly button is loaded  with  symbolism-from motherhood to sexuality….some people like to show it (piercing!) , some are ashamed of it or even  hate it….. people  and cultures do have very different  relationship  to it, indeed!
 On the other hand, it was an idea to make a different kind of a portrait- intimate one!For me, it became boring  always to make a portrait bust…..  It will sound perhaps even more weird, but the final idea came from observing wheel-caps of cars!! 
I wanted to connect our organs of senses with the matching orifices. So, here we have  dome-like  shapes with noses and ears on the fringe and mouth or bellybutton in the centre. why these things together? I relate hearing with the bellybutton to the time of pregnancy, and we often put our ears close to the woman's belly to hear the baby kicking...or the sense of taste(mouth) is connected to smell of the food ( green sculpture).
In the later stage of developing this portraits, I cleared off all things on the fringe and left only  the bellybutton-the flaw- in the middle.
However, I didn't want them  to look very tangible, so I decided for highly polished surface, painted with metallic automotive paint, that creates a certain distance and gives a look of an industrial object – just the opposite to its original individuality! As in most of my work  I'm, again, pointing to the duality: individual and common.

This sculpture is meant to be together with another similar one , so they create a diptych! The other one  is with ears and bellybutton in the middle and painted with burnt siena, mat metallic automotive paint. I don't have a good  photo of both  together at the moment. However they can be sold separately. They are  meant to hang on the wall and are equipped  with rings for hanging at the back. They both  are hand -made from clay, so a bit heavy!  I recommend  the wall plug and a  screw(Ø4mm). 
So, they are meant to be as reliefs on the wall,but they can be also just put horizontally!
 the signature is on the edge of the front side.
FLAWED GEMS - INTIMATE PORTRAITS ( diptych), 2006-2007
 Terracotta, automotive metallic paint (green and burnt siena)
Each disc 33 cm in diameter,hight approx. 8cm


I became very interested in navels, but also other orifices (like mouth)  when I was pregnant.  It appeared to me that navels are in fact last - and lasting- visible physical connection between mother and child. It is like a scar or kind of »flaw« in the centre of our body, but can be seen also like miniature landscape,  if enlarged….. Belly buttons are very individual; one can say , even  forensic  element.  Navel or belly button is loaded  with  symbolism-from motherhood to sexuality….some people like to show it (piercing!) , some are ashamed of it or even  hate it….. people  and cultures do have very different  relationship  to it, indeed!
 On the other hand, it was an idea to make a different kind of a portrait- intimate one!For me, it became boring  always to make a portrait bust…..  It will sound perhaps even more weird, but the final idea came from observing wheel-caps of cars!! 
I wanted to connect our organs of senses with the matching orifices. So, here we have  dome-like  shapes with noses and ears on the fringe and mouth or bellybutton in the centre. why these things together? I relate hearing with the bellybutton to the time of pregnancy, and we often put our ears close to the woman's belly to hear the baby kicking...or the sense of taste(mouth) is connected to smell of the food ( green sculpture).
In the later stage of developing this portraits, I cleared off all things on the fringe and left only  the bellybutton-the flaw- in the middle.
However, I didn't want them  to look very tangible, so I decided for highly polished surface, painted with metallic automotive paint, that creates a certain distance and gives a look of an industrial object – just the opposite to its original individuality! As in most of my work  I'm, again, pointing to the duality: individual and common.

This sculpture is meant to be together with another similar one , so they create a diptych! The other one  is with ears and bellybutton in the middle and painted with burnt siena, mat metallic automotive paint. I don't have a good  photo of both  together at the moment. However they can be sold separately. They are  meant to hang on the wall and are equipped  with rings for hanging at the back. They both  are hand -made from clay, so a bit heavy!  I recommend  the wall plug and a  screw(Ø4mm). 
So, they are meant to be as reliefs on the wall,but they can be also just put horizontally!
 the signature is on the edge of the front side.
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Saba Skaberne

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Sculpture, Clay on Ceramic

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FLAWED GEMS - INTIMATE PORTRAITS ( diptych), 2006-2007 Terracotta, automotive metallic paint (green and burnt siena) Each disc 33 cm in diameter,hight approx. 8cm I became very interested in navels, but also other orifices (like mouth) when I was pregnant. It appeared to me that navels are in fact last - and lasting- visible physical connection between mother and child. It is like a scar or kind of »flaw« in the centre of our body, but can be seen also like miniature landscape, if enlarged….. Belly buttons are very individual; one can say , even forensic element. Navel or belly button is loaded with symbolism-from motherhood to sexuality….some people like to show it (piercing!) , some are ashamed of it or even hate it….. people and cultures do have very different relationship to it, indeed! On the other hand, it was an idea to make a different kind of a portrait- intimate one!For me, it became boring always to make a portrait bust….. It will sound perhaps even more weird, but the final idea came from observing wheel-caps of cars!! I wanted to connect our organs of senses with the matching orifices. So, here we have dome-like shapes with noses and ears on the fringe and mouth or bellybutton in the centre. why these things together? I relate hearing with the bellybutton to the time of pregnancy, and we often put our ears close to the woman's belly to hear the baby kicking...or the sense of taste(mouth) is connected to smell of the food ( green sculpture). In the later stage of developing this portraits, I cleared off all things on the fringe and left only the bellybutton-the flaw- in the middle. However, I didn't want them to look very tangible, so I decided for highly polished surface, painted with metallic automotive paint, that creates a certain distance and gives a look of an industrial object – just the opposite to its original individuality! As in most of my work I'm, again, pointing to the duality: individual and common. This sculpture is meant to be together with another similar one , so they create a diptych! The other one is with ears and bellybutton in the middle and painted with burnt siena, mat metallic automotive paint. I don't have a good photo of both together at the moment. However they can be sold separately. They are meant to hang on the wall and are equipped with rings for hanging at the back. They both are hand -made from clay, so a bit heavy! I recommend the wall plug and a screw(Ø4mm). So, they are meant to be as reliefs on the wall,but they can be also just put horizontally! the signature is on the edge of the front side.

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I'm interested in many things and I'm on the constant search of new ways to share my thoughts in the visual language, but also stories, universal human issues, issues concerning women and many more…. Therefore I'm also changing materials and forms in order to express this things! I think I don't have a particular style, because everything is subordinated. to the subject I'm interested in. I tend to shell the majority of »feeling« from the material itself. I use a huge range of materials:from classic sculpting materials (predominately clay, stone, glass bronze) to more contemporary ones, like plastic, fibre, felt, found objects, liquid….. to non-material mediums ( video., sound or animation). If I feel vulnerable I might choose felt to work with ( for "protection"), next time,if I feel like »falling to pieces«, I might decide to make sculptures made of multiple pieces that need to be assembled, or when I'm happy and content, I choose clay or metal, to show how strong I'm feeling…. So, there's clearly lndirect physical evidence of my mood/state on material itself!! I'd divide my work on two main complexes: The intimate (smallish) one and the public / large one. In the past I was interested in figure but also the fragments of the human body like hands, legs, bellybuttons, ears….although I don't work very much on figure nowadays I still return back to it now and then, because it's somehow the eternal source…. as it's for material:clay! I'm particularly interested in space, so I often work on site-specific installations. I love to work in remote places somewhere in the nature. For me it's more important the place , where I work, then how many people will actually see this work at the end…. That counts predominately for the public concept. When I work In small scale , the surrounding space is less important – although,it's never totally excluded- there I put a lot of emphasis on detail. I deal a lot with symbols and surrealistic visual language sometimes my art is very minimal, but sometimes rich in form and colour…There was time when I was quite influenced by Magritte, but also Cubism( after my travel to Africa in eighties) and Brancusi. In time of study also new English sculpture had huge influence on me , like Deacon, Kapoor, Woodrow, Caro , Cragg and many others from that generation! My art usually refers to ( personal) past events or premonition of the future or has critical, even sarcastic note to the modern society.

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