Psyhe and Amor
Created at artist-in-residence at Ionian Center for Art and Science11.11. 2022 till 1.1. 2023, Metaxata, Kefalonia
More and more women I communicate with are trying to understand their position in the world and to find stability within themselves. The answer to what it means to be a woman and what our function is — what is the meaning?
In the age of feminism, transgender trends and modern capitalism, where a person is just a number, being a woman is more complex than ever. We must be beautiful wives, loving mothers, successful in the personal and business world, beautiful at all times, physically fit and mentally stable, maybe even spiritually enlightened, … after all this, I wonder what it even means to be a woman and whether you can let us show that we are imperfect.
The ancient Greek legend of Psyche and Amor (Soul and Love) is one of the few European stories that tells the story from a woman’s perspective. It is a manual on how to find meaning and, like Psyche, embark on a search for love and beauty, which is hidden in understanding the world around us.
That is why they are placed at the exhibition; on one side are paintings of the five elements (water, earth, air, fire and ether – elements that are the building blocks of everything) and on the other side are portraits of women.
All paintings are painted on wood; portraits of women on different types of wood (olive, plum, birch). On the surface, we are different, but we are all going through the same story deep down.
“It doesn’t matter what’s in the painting. It doesn’t matter what is there as an image, realistic or abstract. The message behind is essential – hidden in colours, light, strokes and composition, between rhythm and melody.”
All paintings are painted in the technique of “painting with light,” there are 70 to 300 glaze layers of paint on each painting. The composition of each image is tied to geometric knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation through Pythagoras, Plato, … where every geometric body or number has a qualitative value and tells a story for itself—the language used by pre-Renaissance artists.