The sculptor says he incorporated water in this series for several reasons. "By immersing the photos in water, you distort the image, getting different dimensions every time you look at it," he explains. In addition, "water is very abrasive, so that gradually the image will disappear." In the same way, he says, "our emotional experience is unique to each one of us, and it, too, changes and disappears with us when we die."
Aroutiunian wears earplugs, heavy protective gloves, and goggles during the active phase of his sculpting when he is welding the hot steel. "I prefer to have rock music in the background, probably because it drowns out the excessive noise of the welder or grinder and makes it more bearable," he says. Once he's finished welding, he says, "I walk around the unfinished sculpture, sometimes for hours, looking at it from different angles and distances, and touching the surfaces. This I usually do in silence, or with a favorite piece of classical music (especially Bach) in the background."
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