Art Medium: Mixed media
Figure 11 has Byzantibe undertones. Hellenic influences beyond Cycladic a began to filter into the work the more it progressed. It has a regal qualoty to it further enhances by the crown-like gold motif on its head. In its hands it holds a shape. It is similar to the motifs found in the marble roofs pf the Peristerones of the Cycladic islands like Tinos and Mykonos.
The artworks of THE LITTLE MYKONOS PROJECT began with an ending: leaving my ‘Little Mykonos Studio, named after my father’s birthplace in early 2022. The light-filled cubicle and its aqua windowsills and door reminded me of the geometric, white-washed architecture of the Cycladic islands. 5 years ago, when I first moved in, I cut out small tile-like cardboard shapes placing them within the white, wire grid overlaying the bay of windows that overlooked the sky. The motifs mimicked the decorative pigeon homes (Peristeriones) typical of the rooftops of the Cyclades, of which Mykonos Island belongs.
These cardboard shapes and the feelings surrounding leaving the studio, inspired a series of figurative sculptures that I envisioned holding all of this in their hands.
The figures are modeled on the enigmatic Cycladic idols from the Bronze Age. My exploration represents a bringing together of 2 significant cultural icons that belong to the island of my heritage. I reflected on the innocence of my father’s early childhood, honoured my mother who passed away only days after I had received the keys to my then ‘new studio’, acknowledged the creative space that nurtured many artistic adventures and celebrated the stylistic and historical legacy of the Aegean islands of which prehistoric Cycladic art also sprung. My sculptures bring this all together,
“I think of them as wise witnesses to my past, present and future. They give expression to a deeply seeded dimension of my visual vocabulary and the medium through which I make sense of the world. I create them as offerings to others so that together we can contemplate the mystical, the creative spirit, culture and love”
Final note: Figure 11 is made to hang on the wall