(by Diana Chioreanu)
Laine-Naida’s pieces are crude, blunt, non-ornamental. They approach archetypal symbols of piety and anxiety. The lack of embellishment is a conceptualistic response to the gaudy spectacle of mercantile politics and advertisement. In contrast, they bleach out the historical and social muddle. The use of texture, geometry and rhythm is crucial, as it celebrates the unexpected architectural triumph of a subversive medium. Pariah elements such as metal, wood and glass have been imported into the chocolate moulds to give out a coarse figuration of feminine soil matrices, toxic stony deities and post-gender homunculi.
Warren Laine-Naida was born in England and grew up in Canada. He studied marketing at Douglas College in British Columbia, english literature at University of Western Ontario and received his chef’s papers from Straford Chef's School. He worked 20 years in food across Canada and Germany until 1999 and then spent 10 years in the German marketing & communication industry. He has lived in Munich and Bremen since 1993 where he developed his chocolate sculptures.