"O Agios" is the project I graduated with from the Art Academy in Maastricht NL, the year of 2020. It is a project that includes different works, all influenced by the chapel of Agios-Athonas that is located in Pelion GR.
In this project, my work focuses on the nature of the human soul, its spirituality and need to connect with the divine and its surroundings. I use media that include video, installations and photography and focus on absorbing and realising information that view the cycle of a natural and non-natural destruction and construction. Existing between the Dutch and the Greek cultural background, I combine those two worlds and bring their traditions and morals together introducing them to the melancholy of their scenery.
In concept, my work explores the fine line existing within the duality of things: there is life and there is death, there is the light and then there is the darkness, silence and sound, the material world and the world of the shadows. The fine line where the opposite sides meet I call it ‘the undetermined’ that for many centuries was defined by different gods and prophets. How does nature connect with the spirituality of things? What’s left from our belief and in what way does it serve our human nature? Where comes our need to believe in something that we can’t see from? How did faith end up to be associated with ‘God’ and ‘God’ with light?
Born in Greece, a country overflowed with light and covered by small chapels and churches that are built in every corner of the land, helped me understand and create the connection between the light and the divine becoming an important part of my work. Light is the greatest source of life and the "divine painter of the world” as Honoré de Balzac describes in one of his works pointing to the significance and beauty if it. To picture the fragility, sensibility and power of light and form a new image of religion, without rules and dogmas, I use materials like gold-leaves that get mostly used in the Orthodox religious art, as it symbolises the light, the goodness and the spiritual wealth of the divine. I seek for that golden light that shines humbly and elegant through the dark rooms of the old churches I used to visit as a child back in Greece and place it in a new setting, keeping the holiness and the delighted element alive as the centre of the existence of the unique human spirit and nature connected to a bigger spiritual and material total.