the Camelo pardalis assemblage

In Assemblages by Arif

The Carmelo pardalis assemblage is a mixed media sculpture using a miniature fauteuil( chair) and a plastic toy giraffe. Both objects have been totally refinished using gold leaf and iridescent glazes. The assemblage is housed in a glass dome. It is about 9 inches high.

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Giraffes are wild, and exotic animals. The giraffe connotes sexuality, uniqueness, and pride. Giraffe symbolism is also used in art to represent the natural world. A giraffe can also symbolize a long distance between the head and heart. Since they stand tall, they represent looking into the future.

The chair, or fauteuil in French is a style of open-armchair with a primarily exposed wooden frame originating in France during the early 17th century. A fauteuil is made of wood and frequently with carved relief ornament. It is typically upholstered on the seat, the seat back and on the arms (manchettes). Some fauteuils have a valenced front seat rail which is padding that extends slightly over the apron. The exposed wooden elements are often gilded or otherwise painted. The image of a chair evokes power, civilized comfort and status.

The Carmelo pardalis assemblage fuses these two images to define the animal, natural world with the human, artificial world. The giraffe transcends the structured human world, looking towards the future where the natural world will triumph.

Camelo pardalis is not one ofPtolemy’s 48 constellations in the Almagest. It was created by Petrus Plancius in 1613. It first appeared in a globe designed by him and produced by Pieter van den Keere. One year later, Jakob Bartsch featured it in his atlas. Johannes Hevelius depicted this constellation in his works which were so influential that it was referred to as Camelopardali Hevelii or abbreviated as Camelopard. Hevel.
The Nubian Giraffe by Jacques-Laurent Agasse in 1827
Graffiti by Chris Can, 2011-2015
The Giraffe mobile by Alexander Calder in 1941