Alexis Christodoulou’s quest for materiality

'I have to push myself to imagine the places I’d like to exist. It forces me to look inward'

Alexis Christodoulou is a self-taught 3D artist living in Cape Town, South Africa and has spent the last 6 years building a collection of works focusing on imaginary architecture. While working professionally as a copywriter for the last decade, Alexis initially taught himself 3D rendering as a hobby. The images he creates are a simple extension of this desire to see fantastic spaces come to life that echo a more modern and clean aesthetic.

Numeroventi: What first drew you to rendering?

Alexis: An escape from writing. But really it was the idea of endless possibilities, an alternate universe where you can play god, build what you want and render it as if it once existed.

N: How has social media impacted your creative process? How can one retain originality in the digital era?

A: This is something I think about on a daily basis. I think it’s definitely made my process more precious since I’ve received some attention to my work, but I don’t think that’s any different from any artist getting attention.

For myself, I constantly need to remind myself why I use Instagram in the first place. It was a method for posting my work once it was done and to be able to move on. Not to dwell. It enabled me to move onto ideas and create a constant practice. If you use it for inspiration, you might get stuck.

N: When do you feel confident that a piece of work is complete?

A: When I have an “aha” moment, or when it’s time for a glass of wine. 

N: You can work from anywhere in the world. How does the place where you live influence your artistic process?

A: Cape Town is full of natural beauty, not skylines and architectural wonders. So I have to push myself to imagine the places I’d like to exist. It forces me to look inward.

N: Would you consider using a different medium in the future? If so, what would it be and why?

A: Yes. I am exploring a few opportunities but they all relate to the transference of digital works into physical works. Ceramic 3D printing is one I’d love to explore soon.

N: Of all the things you are working on right now, what excites you the most?

A: Having the whole of December to sit and work on some personal projects after a very busy year.