John Paul Azzopardi’s sculpture Study, detail from D. Mylius Opus Medico-Chymicum, is exhibited in CHAPTER L – BETWEEN MELANGIA AND UFF.

John Paul Azzopardi (b. 1978) was born in London and currently resides in Malta. In 2008 he obtained his BA (with honors) in philosophy from the University of Malta. In 2012 the National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta, acquired his work Curved Silence (2009) to be part of their contemporary art collection. Azzopardi also works at Malta Films studio as a costume and effects artist for international film productions shooting in Malta. He has worked on HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011), Sky TV (UK) Sinbad (2011–12), Kevin Reynolds’s Risen (2014), The Dove Keepers (USA) (2014), Channel 4 (UK), You, Me, and the Apocalypse (2015), Michael Bay’s 13 Hours (2015), Terry George’s The Promise (2015), and Jose Padilha’s Entebbe (2016).

John Paul Azzopardi, Study, detail from D. Mylius Opus Medico-Chymicum, 2014, rabbit bone, 73 x 50 x 56cm. This sculpture made of bone explores and reinterprets a seventeenth-century alchemical work. Within this fragile sculpture, the architectural relationship that oscillates back and forth from the simple and the complex to the living and the dead connects space and form, creating an existential structure of interwoven silence. The death embedded in its form, its life. Courtesy of the artist.