Laocoon II

Sophia Vari
Laocoon II, late 90s
18kt yellow gold set with a miniature sculpture in black marble bracelet
7 x 4 cm
edition of 6
signed and numbered

In Greek and Roman mythology Laocoon was a Trojan priest. He and his two young sons were attacked by giant serpents, sent by the gods.  The story of Laocoön has been the subject of numerous artists, both in ancient and in more contemporary times

Sophia Vari’s work is a reflection of her multicultural upbringing, her artistic language is distinct and informed by a multiplicity of influences from Mayan, Egyptian, Olmec, and Cycladic traditions as well as Ancient and Baroque aesthetics. 

Vari’s sculptures have evolved through several stages in the last few decades. While her early work from the 1960s onwards was mostly figurative, in the 1980s, Vari began to employ rounded abstract forms that suggested the human body. Eventually she began incorporating planar and constructed forms into her work, and by the mid-1990s she had begun to apply colour to the surfaces of her dynamic sculptures. This use of colour contributes to the movement of Vari’s pieces, and her sculptural works, created both on a monumental scale and as table pieces, appear to move autonomously as the viewer walks around them. Her work across all media shares a certain playfulness and liveliness, with compositions in collage, watercolour and paint pushing into the realm of dimensional space. 


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