An imaginary world full of symbols and stereotypes of an ephemeral and superficial affluence is presented with irony and self-sarcasm by Kapezanou in Βrit Pond. Reverie, irony, and a subtle aura of melancholia characterise the figures in her paintings and hence her art itself.
Stella Kapezanou is a visual artist composing complex, ironic and sometimes obscure works which draw their inspiration from capitalistic and materialistic western societies. The artist’s point of departure is the very ‘aesthetics of consumption’’, and therefore she draws her images from the ‘everyday’ life of people and the relations which bind them with objects, places and times. She is intrigued by subjects that are not considered ‘high art’ but rather ‘ordinary’, in the sense that they are familiar to the viewers’ eyes, and she strives to define the real relations between 'men' and their ‘things’. As a matter of fact, she paints the very absence of relations. Her subjects don’t quite intersect, they’re just strange people playing in a fake world. Kapezanou’s paintings are too picture perfect, almost adverts, unrelated possibilities in the same frame of the painting. The depicted scenes could never quite occur; the sky is an ideal sky, the green grass a perfect stand-in for all lawns and the sceneries are carved out as if taken out of a Hollywood series. The world gets captured not as it appears, but as the artist wants to perceive it. By depicting such scenes in a totally personal artistic interpretation, a new world is created, where life reproduction happens not according to a mere external reality but according to her wish.