Contextual Statement

As an artist, I mainly get inspiration from my own personal experiences and memories. Having grown up in Cyprus, moving to London two years ago it became very clear that my cultural heritage, the customs and the values that I understood being meaningful to me, have formed my identity. London, as a multicultural environment, offers a very different understanding of those customs. Being away from what up to now I considered ‘home’ I found necessary to include certain aspects of my culture and experiences to my art practice as a way of reconnecting with my roots and heritage. Moreover, the army, being an eye-opening experience for me, has matured my understandings of the gravity of living in the divided island of Cyprus. Exposed to the reality of the impact of war, I see the necessity of giving depth and value to my pieces. There is an edge of tension at the core of my art practice as I regularly unite themes of personal and political. Materiality and materials themselves also has a vital role in my art practice as they are the decisive tool when it comes to artmaking. By working primarily with sculpture and site-specific installations in a wide range of materials, I strive to manipulate space and use it as a new medium. The translation of objects and the representation of them as symbols with sometimes a poetic character is also a feature present in my work. The movement of minimalism not only influenced the physical elements of my work, but it has also allowed me to explore further the idea about the interaction and the experience of the viewer under certain conditions and how they become the activators of my work. Finally, artists such as Mona Hatoum, Donald Judd, Urs Fischer, Richard Deacon and Francis Alÿs have influenced my art practice. Specifically, ‘The Green Line’ by Francis Alÿs is something I have drawn from whilst looking into the relationship between politics and aesthetics. Finally ‘Matter and Memory’, by Henri Bergson helped me to understand the importance of memory and its Deeply Spiritual Nature. Taking all those different elements into consideration I aim to create work that engages with the physical space and poses questions rather than to answer them. Despite my personal political and cultural struggles, I strive for my work to speak of something wider reaching, more ambiguous, and slippery in intent and meaning.