The SEA is a work in progress. Different geographical points and a number of temporal encounters inspire the creation of a series of various works. The Aegean Sea, The Adriattic Sea, the North Sea. The sea in winter or in summer, sun-drenched or frozen, in daytime or at night.
The sea is a feminine place and by looking at her we identify something of our selves. Within water there can be no crack. We can exist through accepting perpetual change and transformation.
I am interested in such concepts as intuition, pause, the somatic quality of an experience, as well as the renegotiation of humans with the experience of time and wear.
The works deal with Desire, Loss and Clarity that can generate a disposition of gratitude toward life.
I believe that all too often contemporary pieces of art are perceived as being autonomous from their environment. I am opting to install my work in spaces that would form a reciprocal dynamic with it. I am interested in reconnecting the artwork to the space in order to create a place.
Technique and Time
The mosaics, although large in scale, are made in the opus vermiculatum technique, meaning with very small tesserae. This technique demands slowness, which rewards one with the expansion and experience of time. The creation, as well as the appreciation of a mosaic require patience, persistence and a sincere encounter with the “self “.
In the Trilogy on the Sea, I am using the mosaic technique as an attempt to comment on the way that nowadays we are urged to perceive our world as/through digital data, losing the experience of tactility and the sense of touch.
Since the soul is born in the liquid element, its birth is connected to sexual pleasure. Kostas Axelos on Heraclitus
This mosaic work develops in four pieces. It is made of very small tesserae of enamel, ceramic and marble. It endeavours to depict the iridescences that result from the diffraction of light in the water, their vivid motion and constant change.
The work refers to the pleasure that gazing at the sea can bring. It attempts to pay tribute to the pleasure of beauty and to liberate it from guilt. It defends the beauteousness of the landscape and an appetite for life.
The place is the Aegean Sea. A sea which reflects the light when it is sun-drenched.
The mosaics are complemented by a series of drawings of various sizes, worked with black carbon sheets on handmade Indian and Japanese paper.