Who or what is the personification of the Devil?
"Stalin, Putin, Chocolate."
What kind of Devil Inside do you sometimes release?
"A sweet and charming one, angelic."
How do you resist temptation?
"I don’t resist. I reflect it…and go for it consciously, not blindly."
If the Apocalypse is imminent, what would you do your last day on Earth?
"Smoke with pleasure."
What is your favourite sexual position?
"The number 1.618."
Tamara Kvesitadze (1968) is a Georgian architect, sculptor, and painter. Her established practise has set her as one of the most famous Georgian artists in the world, and her most recognised and celebrated work is ‘Ali & Nino’. An 8 metre high moving steel sculpture of a man and woman who quietly pass through each other every day, pausing momentarily for an embrace before separating again on the seaside resort of Batumi, in Georgia. Kvesitadze has had the honour of representing her country at the 2011 54th Venice Biennale, where her kinetic sculptures instantly heralded her as an artist of high note by critics and the public alike.
Kvesitadze’s art revolves around the contrast between the organic and the mechanic, the warmth of flesh and coolness of metal, and the cycle of rebirth. For The Public House of Art she has integrated all of these themes into a re-imagining of ‘Atlas’, an earlier over-life sized mechanic sculpture, now constructed in a smaller size in order to be enjoyed and collected by a wider public. A figure firmly seated on the ground looks up towards the sky, and as slowly and calmly as breath begins to move. Bands circling his body separate as he stretches up into the air, as if to reach for eternal enlightenment. As he extends a light shines through from within, blood red, that represents the devil within us all. The battle is constant and will last till the end, but so will our endurance and will to overcome our nature and reach a higher plane of being. As ‘Atlas’ quietly and endlessly moves up to the sky and down again to Earth, a mingling of the forces of good and evil remains in perpetual balance, because within one must always reside the other, only then are we whole.