Ferdi’s bronze sculptures are a way to deal with the uneasiness brought about by suppressed emotions. Because of cultural taboos and societal expectations, especially those involving the regulation of emotions in public, behaviours such crying in public are usually controlled or swept under the table completely.
Black Monolith marks a shift away from the artist’s character-driven sculptures into furniture, but it continues his exploration of the themes of water and fluidity. His sculpture series I Don’t Believe in Unicorns depicted cartoon-like creatures in moments of emotional distress. “I repackage these emotions in a more palatable guise, using humour to remove the sting and make them more digestible,” the artist says. “This opens a narrative where the viewer might wonder what had happened to cause so much distress to these sweet characters. The artwork however is much more about moving through uncomfortable emotions and situations than trying to resolve the cause or dictating the outcome for these characters.”