Lazarus Siakos grew up, fascinated by architecture and interior design magazines. He formed collections, which in turn led to entities. As an artist, he works the collage not simply as a juxtaposition or assemblage of images and/or objects but as an intricate web of colours and reflections. The technique evolves and the story unfolds throughout the painstaking process as each piece, some of them as small as a one millimeter diameter circle, adds to the overall composition.”
‘The Beauty Trap’, as the work is titled, recycles desire into desire, from the attraction to gems to that of art. The collage captures the battle between the material and the spiritual worlds, plays on the transience of ownership, and questions then nature of superficiality as opposed to the soul at the heart of all matter.
‘The Beauty Trap’ is a large scale collage of paper cut-outs from printed materials such as magazines and auction catalogues of jewellery and gems. Hundreds and hundreds of images were used to find the right tones. Even the tiniest piece reflects the hue of a precious or semi-precious stone, turning the arrangement into a brilliantly coloured scenery with infinite shades and subtle graduations.