My work is marked by a concern for marriage of material and form and is drawn together by a strong sense of both logic and play. Using familiar objects as a starting point, I play simple games using the objects' own inherent rules and physical properties to transform them, often employing processes such as repetition, permutation, multiplication and duplication.
My most recent body of work includes a series of objects that range from the vaguely to the eerily familiar. Continuing my interest in material game-playing and the double-take, I reinterpret the replica with several degrees of verisimilitude. I recreate everyday items such as stacks of tape, books, cardboard boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, burnt matches, chewing gum, cigarettes, erasers, a beach-ball, a tennis ball, bottle caps, etc. as either highly detailed, reductive or slightly distorted sculpted replicas. The varied approached in replication creates a disorienting environment which challenges the viewer to negotiate between the perceived and the actual. At the same time, some of the objects Iíve chosen to replicate, in particular those that are recreated as reduced or distorted versions of themselves, are understood through their proximity or relationship to each other, through the grouping of like-objects.
Making use of visual similes, material puns, color cues, trompe l'oeil and reductive referents, I deconstruct the familiar, creating a multi-layered tangle of perception and knowledge.
Further examples of my work can be seen at www.roulapartheniou.com