Master of Fine Art School of Fine Art

Yotam Sivan (He/Him)

Yotam Sivan (1990), Is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in Scotland. In his practice, Sivan is currently concerned with the technological relationship between human-kind and the natural world. He explores how technology affects our ideas of nature, and vice versa, within a reciprocal relationship. Sivan Is particularly interested in the human values imposed onto nature, and how these ideas are visually and materially represented within contemporary society.

Contact
yotam8190@gmail.com
y.sivan1@student.gsa.ac.uk
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Projects
Pinocchio. 2021
The Place Where We Are Right. 2022

Pinocchio. 2021

Drawing on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Children’s novel, ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’, this work explores our idea of what defines a thing as being alive rather than an object. Just like how Jeppetto re-animated a wooden puppet Pinocchio, I attempt to “re-animate” the body through different cross-medium processes. Starting with a full sized 3D scan of a human figure (a process which translates a three dimensional shape onto a digitized mesh) I manipulated the model, flattened it, and then attempted to “re-inflate” it into a new body. The process is purposely done using a simulation of a real-life process called Hydro-Forming- a method of mass-producing sheet metal parts by inflating them in a mold using pressurized liquid. In ‘Pinocchio’ the inflation is a “breath of life”, transforming a flat surface into a three dimensional object.

In addition to exploring biological and social definitions of “alive”, this work explores the digital space as a potential incubator for the imagination. Both in what life is, and prospective ideas of how digital media can be considered on its own merit – as a new and different plane of existence. One that offers the non-human perspective and applies it towards its own version of reality. The project was chosen for ‘The Mass Collection’ July 2021 publication, and was also picked for the cover of the issue. I am very happy with this work and would like to experiment with actual Hydroforming. I believe the result of this manipulation is successful both visually and conceptually. There is a good balance between the original human form and the new metallic being, which evokes the uncanny, while encouraging a fresh gaze on the human form.

Pinocchio

Digital rendering 2022

Pinocchio

Digital rendering 2022

Pinocchio

Digital rendering 2022

Pinocchio

Digital rendering 2022

The Place Where We Are Right. 2022

The Place Where We Are Right

Mixed Media and found objects 2022 Sculptural Installation

Standing (in) Reserve(d) - detail

Wood, plywood, found objects, plaster, fired and unfired clay, vinyl, bitumen, steel, aluminum, jasmonite and PU foam. 2022

Slippery Slope

Tree branch, Scaffolding wheel, tube clamp and cherry wood. 2022

Untitled

Unfired Clay, model grass, model tree and model hedges. 2022

Untitled (tunnel boring machine)

Unfired clay, plywood, and silicon carbide abrasive power. 2022

Untitled

Fired and unfired clay, steel and cherry wood shavings. 2022

Pigeon-a-tor

Unfired clay, steel, olive wood and clamp. 2022 Clay pigeon (skeet target) forming tool.

Pigeon-a-tor

Unfired clay, steel, olive wood and clamp. 2022 Clay pigeon (skeet target) forming tool.

Pigeon-a-tor

Unfired clay, steel, olive wood and clamp.

Pigeon-a-tor

Unfired clay, steel, olive wood and clamp.

X Marks a Spot

Toolbox, bungee cord, MDF, steel and unfired clay. 2022

X Marks a Spot - detail.

Toolbox, bungee cord, MDF, steel and unfired clay. 2022

Untitled (pillar)

Oak, found object, MDF and Jasmonite. 2022

Standing (in) Reserve(d) - view

Standing (in) Reserve(d) - detail

Standing (in) Reserve(d) - view

Standing (in) Reserve(d) - detail

Tame

Elm wood, oak, aluminum, and steel. 2022

When one holds a hammer - Detail

Unfired clay, vinyl and found objects. 2022

When one holds a hammer - Detail

Fired and unfired clay. 2022.

trees

Vinyl collage, steel box and Sheesham wood. 2022

box2