27-year old French sculpture artist Nicolas Dobkine spent the last five years developing the idea “Human Condition’s 12 Steps” and has created his 1st aluminium sculpture “Demiurge”.
Choosing the number 12 is no accident. Whether it is the 12 months of the year, the 12 labours of Hercules, the 12 zodiac and Chinese signs, Jesus’ 12 apostles, the 12 tribes of Israel or even the 12 Imams, the number has symbolically defined powerful cultural and spiritual believes in mankind’s history.
Beyond the symbolic aspect, the number 12 seems to embody the truth amongst the collective’s subconscious. A truth often scolded, diverted and hardly attainable.
The “Human condition’s 12 steps” series is found in eagerness to redefine and restructure the 21st century’s human identity. This ambition can also be found in the continuity of the endless archaic symbolism that remains over the centuries. However, those newfound symbols as part of the demystification and the DE spiritualisation process that seeks to go back to the human soul, where they seemingly originate.
The 12 steps are embodied in the psychic image of the human being, a senseless being symbolising his incapacity to discover the truth. The sarcastic smirk symbolises the critic of humanity’s comic and its certitudes.
Nicolas is a self-taught artist, an “autodidact”, who is inspired through reading about philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
Nicolas says "I decided to work around the concept of God from the creation of Adam by Michelangelo. The main idea is to modernize this concept from the 16th century and to recreate a modern conception of this representation and adapt it for the 21st century. While God may have created us, as humans we are at the origin of our own alienation and mental condition. Thus, I believe that an update of who we are and who we became since Michelangelo’s representation is fundamental."
Due to COVID-19, Nicolas has exhibited his 1st sculpture at his family pop up art gallery in Paris “Galerie Dobkine & Kie”, esplanade du Trocadero, château de ferries, a studio in Nice, and the La Villa Calvi Relais & Château property in Corsica.