Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:50

Artist's Statement

 

Artist's Statement

I am constantly in search for that core element of being that ties everything together. The greatest curiosity I am afflicted by is about the self - who are we? where and how do we fit in with everything else? And after all, what is everything else?

Through my work, I have always tried to seek something that is beyond the physical. Some might call it the soul. Whatever it is, I have a belief that there is something ethereal that exists beyond the material, which is the source of emotion. I am not religious. Religion is something created by man to give a mass-explanation of the undefinable. Spirituality is a personal experience, and that is where my interest lies. Over the years, man has grown to trust his physical senses over anything else, since they provide a degree of certainty. For this reason, the physical appearance of images is often overpowering, particularly in photography, to the extent that it becomes very difficult to retain a pure emotional content in images, especially one that is not directly related to their identifiable contents. I am interested in investigating whether such emotional transfer can be retained from the original, first-hand experience, and passed on to the viewer via the medium of photography.

The era which most closely reflects these interests is the Modern period, particularly the expressionist and abstract expressionist movements. I see in this art the attempt to transfer pure emotion onto a physical medium, most commonly painting - the same aims I try to achieve through photography. My search for the beyond has also meant the need to shed many of the protections that are inevitably build over the years. What this has led to is a close relationship with my surroundings and a growing love for nature. This relationship has triggered a fascination with decay - I see it as a form of healing process from man’s often barbaric intervention on nature, and my work often focuses on extracting and materialising the beauty I see in this through observation and post production.

More recently, this love for nature has evolved towards the use of long exposures in order to capture movement, either mine or my subject’s, blurring or removing entirely physical characteristics from the image. By doing so, I introduce the element of time, expand the element of space and remove the element of detail. The viewer is therefore guided into seeing the images as a whole, rather than analysing them in detail as often happens with photographic images. The ultimate aim is to retain the sensation of a place or subject in general, rather than reproduce the appearance.

Our perception of reality is highly subjective. It is an individual experience shared by no-one else - an amalgamation of sensory perception and ever-changing emotional baggage. My work sits in between my reality and that of each other individual. Through the limitations of photography, I attempt to portray the way I perceive the world, and to an extent, condition others into steering towards it. Photography is the ideal medium to achieve this goal. It’s inevitable association with the real puts it into a unique position to be believed, even though at its most basic, an image is nothing more than an exercise in manipulation.

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017 16:28

Website Updated!

It has been quite some time since I updated the website. I had been putting most images on facebook, but it was important to also refresh the website since I have been publishing many new works over the past months.

After completing my further studies, there was a gap in my motivation and creativity. Since the end of last year, I have however found a new energy and inspiration to push the boundaries. I have been working in many directions, starting with an evolution of the Soul Searching Series. It has been my favourite project for many years, and I am glad to have found the inspiration to give it a new lease of life.

 Some other projects were also updated with new images, including Portraits of Architecture and 7,000,000,000:1

I have added one of the exhibitions I most enjoyed working on, which was the Improvised Moves Exhibition (2015). I have included some images which were not in the exhibition itself.

Finally, I have added my latest project - the Dreamchaser Series. This is a project I have been working on for the past months. It has evolved and grown, and so have I through it. This is a project which is marking a new evolution in my work, and I look forward to see where it will take me.

Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:09

Artwork available for sale

     Pixels.com PIXELS

 

Some of my prints are now available for sale worldwide on Fine Art America and Pixels.com. I will be adding more prints over time. The website will allow you to choose the print size, medium, framing, etc. The can be shipped anywhere.

To see and purchase the works, just follow this link.

 

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Friday, 08 August 2014 10:39

Paper Published on Antae Journal

I have recently had the honour of publishing an academic paper on the Antae Journal. Below is the abstract and a link to the page on Academia.edu where you can find the paper.

 

Portraiture - Finding the Valid Fragment

The paper deals with the concepts of fragmentation and reconstruction in the field of portraiture. Taking a portrait as a large fragment of information, we look into ways in which it can be optimised and reduced such that it remains valid but becomes more efficient. The paper commences by exploring the concept of the fragment from various facets, including historically, especially from the modernist point of view, and goes forth to investigate various techniques from practices both adjunct and outside of the field of art in order to inform the portraiture process itself on how information can be collected, optimised and presented to the viewer.

Publication Date: Jun 2014

Publication Name: Antae Journal

Research Interests:
Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Visual Studies, Photographs, Portraits, Art History, Self and Identity, Art, Romanticism, Photography, Literature, Digital Photography, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Visual perception, Art and Science, Photography Theory, Portraiture, History of Art, Modernism (Art History), Philosophy of Photography, Modernism, History of photography, Fine Art Photography, NLP, Visual Arts, Photography (Visual Studies), Fine Arts, Identity, Memory, Visual Art, Post-modernism, Fine Art, Criminal profiling, and Fragmentation
 

 

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 10:53

Purchase Prints

Photographs are available for sale directly as open edition pigment-on-paper prints, signed and dated. The images are printed on museum-quality fine art paper or dibond to order. To submit a request for quote, please contact us, submitting a link to the image or images required and including size, framing and shipping details.

Some prints are also available for sale through fineartamerica.com and pixels.com and shown below. Note that prints ordered from these sites are not signed.

 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 16:30

About

Sergio Muscat

Biography

Born in 1978, in the sunny mediterranean island of Malta, Sergio Muscat was exposed to both art and science since childhood - within a family of doctors, teachers, photographers and musicians. Originally focussing on computer science, he re-discovered photography in his twenties, at the peak of the digital revolution, eventually furthering his studies in digital art. He applied his knowledge of technology and started pushing the boundaries of traditional photography using the photograph as a base layer - an inspirational starting point that has no limit in its potential. Working mostly within the digital photographic medium, he creates artwork that is instinctive, sensitive and contemplative, focusing on personal and collective realities that are continuously changing through personal experience, the evolution of nature and the intervention of mankind.

He is constantly in search for that core element of being that ties everything together. The greatest curiosity afflicting him is about the self - who are we? where and how do we fit in with everything else? And after all, what is everything else? Through his work, he has always tried to seek something that is beyond the physical - a search for the true self, the core being, the soul.

He uses abstraction to tap into the highly subjective perception of reality, influenced by individual experiences shared by no-one else - the amalgamation of sensory perception and ever-changing emotional baggage. Sergio’s work sits in between his reality and that of each other individual, enabling him not merely to portray his personal reality, but also those viewing his work to engage with it, triggering subconscious and latent emotions that manifest in their instinctive associations and final interpretation of the work.

His work has garnered various awards, has been exhibited locally and overseas, and is found in private collections across Europe and the US.

 

 

Selected Exhibitions