Athena Papadopoulos, ‘The Bad behavior of Flies’, 2016, Supportico Lopez

About Athena Papadopoulos

Athena Papadopoulos makes wildly image-laden, mixed media sculptures and works on canvas. She utilizes techniques including collage, drawing, and sewing, and eschews paint in favor of materials like mustard, Pepto-Bismol, and shoe polish, in combination with family photographs, magazine clippings, her own drawings, and various fabrics. Together, they form cacophonous, richly textured compositions. Through her work, Papadopoulos explores our penchant for revelry and indulgence, as well as the trappings of rebellion—like dyed hair or tattoos—and their appropriation and taming by mainstream commercial culture. “I think there is a sense of spontaneity and intensity embedded in my working process that I hope the viewer can see in the works,” she says. “The works are not meant to be moving upwards towards a point of precision, they are of a world that is downward and sprawling.”

Canadian, b. 1988