FORMER BEGF SCHOLARS
My aim is for the action to stay in the viewer’s mind alongside a large question mark. To pose questions. To invite him/her to research and discover its meaning. #OrangeVest also had, among others, a collective character. Do you believe it would be interesting for this experience to expand into other artistic initiatives and change this notion of the isolation (and all its connotations) we have about the visual artist? In my opinion the image of the lonely artist is a myth. The artist cannot exist or produce artworks without the help and support of a network of artists, technicians and supporters. Especially in our era, because of limited financial resources, artists tend to work more as groups, sharing studio space, exchanging skills and supporting each other. Are you concerned with the issue of a ‘new language’ which often monopolises the interest of young artists? I was honestly never concerned with the discovery of a ‘new language’. As I was taught by my teacher, Dimitris Alithinos, art will always express peoples’ concerns and fears around Birth, Love and Death. From thereon, every artist is a child of his/her era and as such will create his/her own visual language using the means offered by each era. With regards every artist’s authenticity and uniqueness, this is something that can never be questioned. I am not worried about producing a ‘new language’ because I know that my DNA is unique. I am unique, as is every creature on this planet, therefore the visual language that will be created through my work will also be new and unique; this is nature’s law. What is the object of your investigations these days? What I am investigating currently is how the artwork can coexist in the public space as social commentary while maintaining its aesthetic beauty and quality. Also, how the work itself can exist within the framework of an artistic establishment (museum, gallery), without losing its social and public character.
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