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The Shapeless Shape

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The Shapeless Shape

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Gabriel Tarmassi

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$ 13,150

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2022

Ash wood

Unique Work

Dimensions: 90cm (H) x 90cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 35.4" (H) x 35.4" (W) x 2" (D)

Diameter: 90cm / 35.4"

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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“The Shapeless Shape”
Hand sculpted wallpiece from ash wood. Carved, stained, oiled.


In the ancient eastern philosophy of Daoism, the world is perceived to be driven by an omnipresent spontaneous process called the Dao. It is neither abstract nor concrete, it follows a principle but no definite plan. According to the daoist philosophy, the universe does not consist of individual pieces that are put together, but rather is unfolding from within.

When you ask: “What is a tree made of?”, the answer would certainly include “leaves, twigs, branches and roots”. But if you'd glue together some leaves, twigs, branches and roots, the result would not be a tree at all. The tree is only growing out of itself, and so does the universe. It unfolds and releases potential without being aware of it or having a definite purpose.

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Artist Profile

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."


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