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Rising from the Ashes

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Maria Xagorari
Rising from the Ashes

I look at older work and writings of mine and the more I look, the more I find links to the turns my work has taken and is still taking. This makes me think that I must have always been honest in my painting after all. It has always been about me and we are both travelers on the same train. What I see, it shows. And what I feel, it makes feel. Only, the painting most of the times is aware of what is going on before I become so.

Nostalgicly going through my old studio logs, I found a description of the one called "Bouncing". It asks 'Will anything rise up from its ashes?'.

Guess what... my latest series is called "Phoenix"...!


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2013-02-07

There was a moment in 2009 when the idea of a series of works inspired by the ancient Greek baso rilievo sculptures as well as the garden walls of the mansions in Syros’ countryside, was born in my mind. It was the very moment when I felt something very personal was taking its place in my painting. I was to call this series “The Garden”, and at the time I thought it was a finite idea which would expire by the realization of the next exhibition. While the work was progressing however, the title “Within Walls” emerged out of the paintings themselves. And they became a pictorial installation,which was first exhibited in 2011, and in which the neighborhood garden walls were transformed, by pictorial means, into the walls man surrounds himself by, either for protection or self confinement.

…simultaneously, a real garden was born right outside the studio…

It was then evident that what I had called “The Garden” was not just one series of paintings as I initially thought, but the field of my surrounding environment where I was from then on to quarry forms from, suitable to embody the concepts arising from within me. In the mean time, I became a long distance runner and Don Quijote alike, in the landscape I cross, anthropomorphic, expressive forms constantly appear before me. In my new works, pruned vines extend their members upwards, sidewards and towards the mysterious girl who appears randomly among them. Her name: Phoenix.

This body of work, this new pictorial installation, is in progress and I am eager to find out which route it will travel as I travel along with it.

Comments
JP Delaney
2013-02-08 18:21

Maria how did you take that photo - you climbed a ladder or you actually have a mezzanine in your studio? I didn't realize those works were so big, so it's only from the photo that I see you're constructing a wall of paintings yourself! Actually I had a feeling there was a ferment of research going on in Syros these past years but stupidly hadn't realized it was all part of an ambitious project. I'm sorry to have to tell you this but it's looking like you need a bigger studio. If you insist on large production like that, you'll end up buried under canvas. At any rate, the work is looking very promising, and by all accounts you're succeeding in pushing out your barriers in a constant reminder to us that we, as fellow artists have also to strive to do in our own way. Keep on with your good example of the artist exploring and conquering new territories.

Maria Xagorari
2013-02-12 18:02

Oh, I am a little tight in my studio, but the most important thing I have learnt the past year is to see the bright side of everything, be greatful for what I have, and make the best out of it. So I feel very lucky to have this studio in my basement (the photo is taken from my staircase) and I don't have to travel to get there. Instead I have the luxury to get down there with my morning coffee and climb back up with my late evening drink. I am greatful.


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