For this series, I wanted to explore the senses. I focused on sight, smell, and taste. I isolated the particular body parts to emphasize them. My aim was to be minimal but yet still create a statement. I used white acrylic paint, pencil, print, package and khadi paper.
'EYE AM ME'- Print, acrylic, pencil, on package paper
'I NOSE'- Print, acrylic, pencil, on Ppackage paper
This is a sketchbook that I have been working on throughout the year. I wanted to experiment with ready made and hand drawn image. I was mainly inspired by artists Wangechi Mutu, Jonathan Yeo, Guim Tio and Anna Karoliina. It includes images I have found from magazines or other, improvising with drawing, painting, and mixed media.
I recently watched the film 'Frida', and I was astounded. I wanted to pay tribute to this amazing artist. She was a very strong and powerful woman who went through a lot, and despite all that, she carried on living and working as best she could. I may use this concept in future works, to portray great artists through myself.
I questioned myself, ''Do we need a face in order to have an identity?''
I will try to tackle this question through these photos. The face is the first thing people see and recognize us by. I wanted to challenge myself to create an identity without using the face. The model in this series, Stella Violari, has tattoos on both her hands. This is a part of her identity and can give us a hint as to who she is. Therefore, it is not only the face that can tell us who someone is, but these little details too. The mask also symbolizes ambiguity, we often have to act in order to survive. We hide and do not show our true feelings in order not to hurt ourselves and others.''Is the whole world a theatre and we its actors?''
On the 22-26 April I was part of an exhibition with non-Cypriot artists living in Cyprus, Point- Elenio Project and the rest of my classmates from the University of Nicosia. The space was big and the work was dispersed around the building in an organised and formal manner. It was lovely to see the diversity within every artists' work.
With the rise of technology and social media, we gradually start loosing our identity. We are capable of having more identities than one, as we can be anyone we want to be online. Thus we loose our individuality and human contact becomes less. I used my own face to demonstrate this. I started by removing the eyes, then the nose, then mouth, until the face is completely gone.
The photograph was taken by my tutor, Haris Pelapaissiotis, at The University of Nicosia.
We often get caught up in our daily lives and forget to give some time to ourselves. We become lost within our jobs, obligations, responsibilities. We become isolated. We become apathetic.We forget old memories and people we once knew.
I found these pieces of furniture thrown in the field opposite my university and I decided to photographe them. I felt that these images reflect the message I am trying to put across. They have been thrown away and forgotten just as we tend to forget ourselves.
We were given a photography project at university where we had to pick a title at random in which we had to work on and interpret it in our own way. The terms were that it had to be one image and it had to be a portrait. My title was ''Touch The Earth''. I used inspiration by artists such as Ines Rehberger, Minori and Brendan Monroe.
Through this work, I wanted to show that we should be one with Earth, that we must protect it and nurture it. I wanted to make the photos look as raw and natural as possible.
Model: Stella Violari
On the 2nd of April, I went to an exhibition at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, entitled ''Stories From The Lives of My Friends'' by Christodoulos Panayiotou.
For this exhibition, Christodoulos was inspired by Chekhov's work that had remained unfinished. Christodoulos aims to develop beyond what is enounced, just as Chekhov's writing is expressed in pauses and inbetween lines.
In his series of works associations and intimate dialogues are implied rather than exposed. I like the fact that he uses traditional and historical aspects from Cyprus in his work. For example, his large mosaic and gold paintings using the same technique in orthodox religious icons.