About Sacred Trees
My trees are between life and death; autumn and winter. Some of these trees are simply hibernating while others are victimized by arson, thunderbolts, or drought. They depict life through nature. It is from nature that I draw my inspiration and it is from nature that I abstract shapes, shades and relationships.
The works reveal the intense play between light and shadow, shape and line, the real and the fantastic, images and their reflections. There is a sense of shallow relief, of correlations between figurative and abstract. Even though black dominates, it is the light that shapes them. I use light as background to emphasize shadows, to play with the volumes and the third dimension, which comes in and out of the work. I often enhance texture, depth, and volume within the composition. It is this light that determines the painting style, emphasizing at the same time features of the compositions; balance, symmetry, and detail.
All of these constitute telling elements not only of the evolution in the world of painting, but also of ecological sensibility, deep fascination with nature, life and the hereafter, myth and reality, the visible and the invisible, the seeming and the being and the dominance of life over death.
In the work “Drawing I” I leave behind the western academic canons of expression and create a three-dimensional drawing, relief, with unorthodox use of materials. On a lattice of a painting with acrylics on paper, I try to pull out and redraw in space the two dimensional painted shapes. I use actual tree branches to draw. Different thicknesses and colors of the branches give me the desirable relief and color of the composition.
There is always a risk of losing, in time, the original visual result, due to the degradation of the natural materials used (in this case wood). To finally be in control, I had to take under consideration the expected transformations in the work and a priori accept them.
Nevertheless the feeling that nothing is to be wasted, and, on the contrary, everything can be given a new use is fascinating and satisfying in a greater environmental awareness. In Art this is possible.
Artist Bio / CV
STUDIES: 1982 – 1984 MFA at the SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA, USA 1981 Drawing and Painting at the ART STUDENTS LEAGUE OF NEW YORK, NY, USA 1980 History of American Art, Painting at STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, Plattsburgh, NY, USA 1979 Graduate Student, UNIVERSITY OF QUEBEC, ECOLE DES BEAUX ARTS, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1974 - 1979 BA in Painting, SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, Athens, Greece SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2011 ? “CHTHONIC SERPENTS AND SACRED TREES”, FIZZ GALLERY, Athens, Greece 2008 ? “SHADOWS II”, ΤSATSIS PROJECTS / ART FORUM GALLERY, Thessaloniki, Greece 2007 ? “TRACKING EREBUS”, VERENA FOUNTATION, Hydra, Greece 2005 ? “SHADOWS”, GALERIE 3, Athens, Greece ? “SMALL PAINTINGS 2000-2004”, ART GALLERY L-S, Elounda Mare, Crete, Greece 1995 ? “GAZI 1991 - 1994”, by GALERIE 3, Athens, Greece 1991 ? “THE WALL”, SPOT THOMSON, Athens, Greece ? “PAINTINGS”, GALERIE 3, Athens, Greece GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2012-2007: 2012 ? “THE PET CITY EXHIBITION”, MELANITHROS art space, Athens, Greece 2011 ? “PERMANENT COLLECTION I”, “CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM - OLIVEPRESS”, Chania, Creece ? 'EAT IT', PRISMA ART GALLERY, Pireus, Greece ? “LOOK AT MY BOOK”, PRISMA ART GALLERY, Pireus, Greece 2010 ? “ART & TECHNOLOGY: MAN AND MACHINE”, OLIVEPRESS ART FACTORY, Chania, Crete, Greece 2009 ? “NOTES ON A TREE / RECYCLING MANUAL”, MELINA MERCOURI CULTURAL CENTER, Athens, Greece 2008 ? “ART + NATURE: ENVIRONMENT - ACTION 2008”, VILA KAZOULI, Athens, Greece ? “[WO + MAN = ?]2”, Exarchia, Athens, Greece 2007 ? “VISUAL ARTS IN GREECE 2007: ARTISTIC INNOVATION SEMIOTICS OF ITS CONDITIONS IN THE NEW ERA”, STATE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Thessaloniki, Greece ? “ARTMAR 2007”, II BIENNAL DE LA MEDITERRANIA, Barcelona, Spain ? “STRONG WOMEN - PICTURESQUE WORLDS”, VERENA FOUNDATION / KUNSTHALLE MANNHEIM, Hydra, Greece . “RESTART”, ART ATHINA 2007, with GALERIE 3, Athens, Greece