The COMEL Award is celebrating its tenth edition, a milestone that highlights how far it has come: hundreds of artists met, various techniques and languages observed, always new ways of dealing with aluminum, many different sensibilities and paths, and countless emotions.
It is said that an individual’s personality is formed through a combination of experiences, encounters, emotions felt, readings, passions, and things learned and loved. Each brick contributes to creating the dwelling of our Being.
The Aluminium eXperience, this year’s theme, aims to emphasize, on the one hand, the path that has made the Prize what it is today: a solid international competition that honestly and seriously rewards the artistic, original, and high-quality use of aluminum, a competition that has now developed its own personality through experience. On the other hand, it is an invitation to artists to experiment with the use of aluminum, to put themselves to the test, to gain experience with this metal.
An invitation to both artists who have never used this metal, encouraging them to challenge themselves and try something new, and an invitation to those who have already used aluminum and have accumulated, over time, more or less experience with the various techniques for working with it.
The artist is, therefore, invited to create an aluminum artwork with freedom regarding the theme, but one that is representative of their style: in other words, to interpret their research and their way of experiencing art and life in the artistic work applied to this specific metal.