Ralph Tikerpae Artist
I am not limited to one media and both paint and sculpt. I sculpt in both large and small scale. I believe that my metal sculptures operate on different levels of the subconscious. I have always enjoyed the element of chance found within the construction of metal sculpture and believe in the resurfacing of past lives through an artist’s subconscious trance when creating art. I hope that when people see my art they recognize something that they already subconsciously recognise. Something familiar but which had been forgotten.
I sculpt in a variety of media both subtractive and additive, but I particularly enjoy changing the element of poetry within my pre-loved metal. My sculpture tries to pare images to a basic element or essence and has been called drawing in space. These metal sculptures explore the actions of humanity from social events to domestic farces. They include theatrical elements or icons where symbols become players on a stage. My work also combines elements of time and position overlapped with positive and negative elements.