Where have I been?
I have been making sculptures.
I have been a studio artist. Me in the studio we constitute an homme machine, we share a craftsman’s ethics and agenda.
How he enjoyed his time away from work is a title I borrowed from a Russian propaganda collage of the 20s. The collage depicts Lenin on his leisure time playing softball with factory workers. Excessive pride on the act of work paradoxically produces a misunderstanding that it takes repetition and more work to clear.
Similar to any small business, the studio curates the different stages on the line of production and sits on a set menu of specialites (Representation), routines (Replacement), trials (Rapture) and positions (Reconciliation).
Where am I now?
I am not a studio artist. I like to look at things. I am trying to articulate a definition for the studio as a mindscape. I made precarious structures that blocked parts of the view thinking a lot about poetry, about how the subject of desire has often been omitted and interpretation lay on the eyes of the beholder.
Where do I want to go?
All around the world people make things to function, and right next to them they make things that don’t function and don’t answer to any known need apart maybe to taste. I have always been interested in such structures, mesmerized by their formal resourcefulness, originality and lack of meaning. I believe now I have done them wrong. They have to come from an attitude of faith, they cannot be representations of eccentricities and collective madness, have to be close calculations on a thing that’s always missing. I want to go back there and throw something in myself for good measure.
Artist Bio / CV
I graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1999. In 2000, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and went to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn to do an MFA. In 2003 I returned to Athens where I since live and work. I have presented three solo shows in Athens and participated in group shows nationally and internationally. Selectively: After Abstraction, Greek Art Institute (2012). Monodrome: Athens Biennial 3, Remap 3, Greek art, Sem-Art, Monaco (2011). Cabinets of Miracles, Zone D, Athens, Artists for Athens Pride II, The Breeder (2010). Heaven: Athens Biennial 2, Strutture Precarie, San Vito al Tagliamento (Italy) (2009). Point of Origin, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, Women Only, works from the Beltsios collection (Greece) (2008), In Present Tense, Young Greek Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Part Time Punks, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Drawing Screen, National Museum of Cinema, Thessaloniki (2007). What Remains is Future, Patras Cultural Capital of Europe, Art Fab 'Women in Europe', Saint Tropez, Prospective Sites, Billboard project, Vienna, New Acquisitions, Intercontinental, Dakis Ioannou collection, Athens (2006), ProTaseis (Version IV: 935m), Thessaloniki, 4th Deste Foundation Prize, Deste Foundation, Athens (2005). So much…so great…, Larissa Contemporary Art Center (2004).Since 2009, I collaborate with the performance group Nova Melancholia and the performer Kostas Tsiukas. With the former we have presented two original works at the Athens Festival: First Meditation (2011) and Habemus Papam, Walter (2009). I am a founder member of the group We Never Closed. Last fall, we produced a durational performance project for the Athens Biennial. I have taken part in workshops and residencies: Harold Arts, Ohio (2012), Palinesti, San Vito al Tagliamento (2009), Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney (2008), Scanning Istanbul (2005), Triangle Artist in Residence Program in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Royal School of Architecture, Copenhagen (2004).