Wandering within Clarity
I approach the concept of clarity as a liberating state of consciousness when one can experience a most intimate state of inner balance.
In this direction, I am interested to examine qualities that emanate between vagueness and transparency, attraction and repulsion, materialization and evanescence, appearance and withdrawal, darkness and luminescence, the drawing gesture and the untouched surface. I would like to capture the vague bridge that allows the various forms to dissolve and blend into one another.
The Wandering within Clarity project consists of a marble mosaic and an Installation. I drew inspiration from images of the frozen North Sea that I took in Henne Strand, Denmark.
In these works, I attempt to capture the imperceptible nuances of the color of white. A piece of white marble resembles ice, while white and grey marble tesserae illustrate the immobilized waving of the water flow, as water becomes ice due to the low water temperature. In this state, while matter can illustrate an aspect of the pause of flux, the impact of light continues to impose a transformational game.
Time shrivels and becomes dense through the creation and tight apposition of marble tesserae that form an impenetrable surface, while it expands and lightens through the transparency of the unfolding rolls of drawings.
A handmade enlargement of a drawing of the Imprintings of Fluidity series is re-produced in large scale ( 5,00m x 7,00m ), with the use of bronze colour on 5 rolls of Japanese hand made Tengujo paper. The paper rolls are hung on metallic guides to form 5 curving levels (1,00m x 7,00m each) escalating in space. The installation attempts to capture the form of a spreading sea wave as it eases off on the shore. The curvature of that levitation and the different layers of the drawing intensifies the feeling of this flow. Metaphorically, the work seeks to illustrate the flow of Time.
The viewer is invited to enter into the poetic space. The vague, lightful transparency of the paper creates a lighthearted place that draws the visitor in. The image and the shape of the paper layers, the qualities of light as it reflects on the bronze color or passes through the paper and the spatial emptiness are subsequently changing due to the wandering of the spectator. The spectator and the work, as equal parts, merge together in a poetic unit.
The Wandering within Clarity installation, was presented in similar ways in June 2019 in ESMUC Barcelona, and in October 2019 in the Aby Warburg Haus, in Hamburg, as part of The Blind Spot Project that was funded by Humanities in the European Research Area HERA.
The Blind Spot Project Introduction by Nathalie Karagiannis
The Blind Spot / The blind spot can be defined in various ways as that which cannot be seen but which we know is there: that which is coming towards us and towards which we go without discerning it; that which is played out in hypothetical but existing mode behind our back, as it were; that which was there, in front of our eyes, all the time but which we never noticed; that which might bring us towards greater knowledge but escapes us in the present; that which allows us to escape by refusing it.
The different viewpoints of this collaboration all raise the issue of wandering in metaphorical or actual darkness, but they do so by picking up different starting points, such as Schubert´s Winterreise or the blotch in painting.
Yannis Hadjinikolaou (art history, Aby Warburg Haus : http://www.warburg-haus.de/personen/team/)
Andrej Hovrin (piano : https://www.weissenhornklassik.com/andrej-hovrin)
Nathalie Karagiannis (poetry, conception of the project, http://www.ifs.uni-frankfurt.de/mitarbeiter_in/dr-nathalie-karagiannis/)
Christina Nakou (installation: http://www.cccb.org/ca/participants/fitxa/christina-nakou/44075, http://www.christinanakou.gr/work.php?work_collection=12)
Lenia Safiropoulou (classic song https://leniasafiropoulou.gr)