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STATEMENT OF WORK
Ranging from collages, collagraph prints, installations and mixed media, my practice based on the relationship of the human figure - the body- to the urban landscape is inspired by remnants, refuse, overlooked and lost elements of daily existence.
In my work I integrate various collected materials such as used and torn garments, strips of plastic, party accessories and other small pieces of jewelry found on the street. Assembling them in relation to each other I take cues from existing stains and other mishaps. Each piece resulting in a combination of accidents and intentions is a materialization of fugitive moments, gestures and encounters.
Both the figures I create, as well the spaces into which I place them, are fragile and unstable, they exist in a fleeting "in-between" state, evolving in obscure, undetermined and loosely structured spaces that I create for them. My characters, ill-defined and unrestrained by their surroundings are shown in motion within uncertain landscapes, like hanging by a thread, suspended. They question the presence of the body in the city and the ways of inhabiting spaces.
My characters, marginalized at times, are inspired by the observation of people’s everyday motions and actions and act as recurrent symbols that can be seen throughout my work and which are loosely associated with Greek mythology, symbolism and archetypal images. The figures fuse with their surroundings, bordering on abstraction; they turn into lost spirits that become the substance of the city itself, thereby creating a collective mythology of the spaces we inhabit daily. â€¨â€¨Each piece is composed around the idea of an encounter between bodies and landscape components. Abandoned debris, human beings, and the movement of the city are coalesced and reformed into hybrid entities. Streets are depicted as a powerful, transformative force. Objects caught and battered in their flow retain the energy of those who traverse these passages.
In conversation with my solitary studio practice, which is driven by the handmade process, I develop site-specific and community-based public art projects. The human figure, with a particular interest in its outline or trace, is at the core of my public work and play with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others.
In 2017, I created Exquisite Corpse, a public, interactive and community-centered sculpture for Putnam Plaza in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, in collaboration with DOT Arts, A.I.R Gallery and the Clinton Hill community. In September 2018, Kalos-Sthénos, a public bench/sculpture was permanently installed in a city park in St Priest near Lyon, France. The bench-sculpture is a positive, dynamic and social presence within Parc des Sens in which the representation we have of the youth is perceived from an angle of strength, control and openness to the world. It also aims at bringing together passersby from different generations and helps create a dialogue around its form.