Throughout history, mythologies have provided explanations for humankind’s existential surroundings through collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives. Representational visual artists have long looked to ancient mythologies as a thematic repertoire, a tradition both preserved and evolved. The works explore how each artist taps into the theme of the modern times challenged by mass media forms, ubiquitous crisis and disclosure of personal histories. Art is an ideal medium for intimate and confessional.
Co-opting spiritual and mythological iconography, Eleni Odysseos vivid paintings act as portals into unearthly realms. Set against apocalyptic backgrounds, the artist depicts haunting interactions between ethereal beings to explore primal expressions of isolation, control, abjection, power structures and discipline and control.
The vulnerability inherent being human is expressed with the symbolism in her large-scale paintings, various symbols can generate disarrayed narratives that refuse the production of a collective assumption, an act of resistance in an information-driven society.
Kentaro Kobuke can express, and the sensation of awakening within a dream-like world, leading the viewer to a greater flow of the narrative. In addition to expressing very personal emotions in a direct way, this recent work incorporates relationships between people, between individuals and groups, and between people and nature, and thereby portrays the fluctuations and changes of the wavering human psyche, transforming it into fable form using the artists narrative, making it universal.
Paula Turmina’ s surreal, figures and images occupy a space of fantasy, testing conventional ideas about a personal experience, ecological issues and Latin American colonial history. Exploring the psychological and physical experiences connected with ancient rituals, her works allow viewers to lose their perception of time and space by offering an alternate, otherworldly dimension.
Fadi El Chamaa creates each series of work converging abstraction and realism, the known and the unknown, the sane and the insane. His idiosyncratic work draws the viewer into an intuitive reality.
The hybrid form of action research creating its rigour through continuous reflexivity, discourse analysis, and hermeneutic inquiry concerning interpretation. The images encourage the viewer to consider false dichotomies and spectrums of possibility.
Questions of one’s way of life with all uncertainty is posed by Rebeca Romero in her works. The installation made by open modular structures designed in infinite combinations are the perfect basic components for her artwork, they could be evenly multiplied, patterned, and permuted into an infinite number. The solid and brittle structures are closely linked to loss and wounds, to recuperation and reappropriation. The making to construct them is a tremendous effort in itself to represent the futility of human endeavour. Her work reaches far beyond the subject and connects the individual to ethics, to the process of the making and to the evolutionary processes in nature, culture and history.