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Gabriel Tarmassi

Hometown: Bamberg

Based in: Bamberg

Gabriel Tarmassi is an artist and designer based in Bamberg, Germany.

He creates sculptures and objects from wood, intersecting the categories of art, design and craft. Gabriel´s process focuses on the direct contact with the material, so that each of his creations is a handmade original work of art.

Gabriel Tarmassi describes his inspiration in the following artist statement:

"I feel drawn to wood from early childhood memories on. As a kid, nothing excited me more than playing around in the forest with sticks and branches, seeing what I could create with the forms that nature provided. The sensory experiences of touching a raw piece of timber, exploring the grain or getting haptic feedback from the material during the work process are still a central part of my identity and the reason I decided to commit myself to working with wood professionally. The abstract language of my pieces is influenced by the organic nature of the material and the experience of wandering around in vast and wild landscapes.

With my work I want to offer the vision of a holistic relationship between mankind and our natural surroundings. This connectedness and belonging is my personal perspective on the age-old question “What is man in the cosmos?”.

Back when we were still hunters and gatherers roaming around in bleak deserts, conquering mountains or exploring the wide open sea, these environments not only had a huge influence on our bodies, but just as much on our consciousness. We see a distinct shape or pattern and it instantly reminds us of something “out there”. Conversely, we as humanity have a large impact on the condition of the planet we live on. Today more than ever.

This mutual relationship is crucial to my work process. I often have a certain idea of a piece, but I aim to respect the natural beauty of the wood and integrate it into the final work. Through this co-design approach I perceive myself simultaneously as creature and creator. I feel as a part of the boundless realm of nature, while at the same time expressing my own “inner landscapes” in a medium that represents the natural world."

 



Gabriel Tarmassi In The Studio

With my work I want to offer the vision of a holistic relationship between mankind and our natural surroundings. This connectedness and belonging is my personal perspective on the age-old question “What is man in the cosmos?”.

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More About Gabriel Tarmassi

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I find inspiration in shapes and structures occuring in our natural surroundings. Most of the time though it is the material itself that i am interpreting on my own way.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Starting with a certain idea of an art piece, it is only by hand and eye that i develop the organic structures defining my works. Thus i give every piece time to grow and eventually mature.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Just start creating - the rest comes during the process


Collections Featuring Gabriel Tarmassi

4 Collections

Design Items for the Wabi Sabi Aesthetic

Design Items for the Wabi Sabi Aesthetic

30 Artists, 45 Products

Last updated: October 5, 2023

Transformative Contemporary Sculptors

Transformative Contemporary Sculptors

49 Artists, 51 Products

Last updated: January 6, 2023

Holiday Gifting 2022: Art Under $2,500

Holiday Gifting 2022: Art Under $2,500

31 Artists, 37 Products

Last updated: November 25, 2022


Articles Featuring Gabriel Tarmassi

1 Article


Credentials

Education

Academy for Design in the skilled crafts, Munich

Germany, 2018

Awards

Stateprize of the county of Hessen, Germany

2021

FORM, Bundesverband Kunsthandwerk

2019

Masterprize, chamber for crafts Munich

2018

Exhibitions

Nature Inspired, Through Objects (online)

Portugal, 2021

Winter Exhibition, Studio Nonne11, Bamberg

Germany, 2021

TALENTE, Munich IHM international design fair

Germany, 2019

FORM, Bundesverband Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt a. Main

Germany, 2019

Handwerksform, Handwerkskammer Hannover

Germany, 2019

Press

".studio" Magazine of German Crafts Association

2021