ORIGINS

Skoufa Gallery, April-May 2022, Athens, Greece

Peculiar symbols, cryptic signs and intricate equations
synthesise the visual lexicon of Greek artist Stella Meletopoulou.

Peculiar symbols, cryptic signs and intricate equations
synthesise the visual lexicon of Greek artist Stella Meletopoulou.

Spanning the gallery’s numerous spaces and surfaces, her solo exhibition titled Origins embraces a new body of work created between 2020 and 2022. It incorporates twenty-four works on canvas as well as three-dimensional installations. 

Acrylic, ink, bamboo, wood, cotton strings, wool and paper are some of the materials that Meletopoulou not only uses regularly but also likes experimenting with in a constant attempt to test and push their limitations on both the canvas and wall surfaces. Working with all of them and meticulously studying their properties has been a long-term quest for her. Such process is an unravelling dialogue that firstly challenges the artist and then the viewer to engage and interact with.

Embarking from recent lockdown experiences, and observing the dystopia of war, the artist envisions a restart of life and creation. Notions about interconnectivity, continuation, sustainability, evolution and esoteric revolution are constantly being surveyed and scrutinised. In an age when our present is the only certainty and the future the most definite uncertainty, all works on view become studies and enquiries about a world that is currently revealing itself by the day and by the hour.  

This new world that progressively unfolds reflects a vision of a deep emotional realm. A concealed sense of utopianism is being replaced by abstract yet lyrical canvas-scapes, echoing the –so much needed– detox of the mind and our spiritual well-being. Sensing and identifying a profound connection with nature, Meletopoulou asserts the significance of our origins and our transformative ability to survive. Survival is an act embedded in the human DNA. 

Her visual vocabulary propels our attention into the elasticity of space and the fragility of the moment, simultaneously re-evaluating the parameters of our existence. All canvas works convey polyvocal conversations reflecting the reality and our relation to it; a relation that keeps redefining its rules and its strengths. At the same time, all installations are interpretations of the multi-layered levels of our identity and our intellect as they expand into the domain we all live in.

The works of Meletopoulou emerge as esoteric archives, games of the unconscious, dreams for a different world. They unlock the inner power that unites us not only with our surrounding environment but they also connect collective consciousness with our universe.

curated by Kostas Prapoglou

Acrylic, ink, bamboo, wood, cotton strings, wool and paper are some of the materials that Meletopoulou not only uses regularly but also likes experimenting with in a constant attempt to test and push their limitations on both the canvas and wall surfaces. Working with all of them and meticulously studying their properties has been a long-term quest for her. Such process is an unravelling dialogue that firstly challenges the artist and then the viewer to engage and interact with.

Embarking from recent lockdown experiences, and observing the dystopia of war, the artist envisions a restart of life and creation. Notions about interconnectivity, continuation, sustainability, evolution and esoteric revolution are constantly being surveyed and scrutinised. In an age when our present is the only certainty and the future the most definite uncertainty, all works on view become studies and enquiries about a world that is currently revealing itself by the day and by the hour. 

This new world that progressively unfolds reflects a vision of a deep emotional realm. A concealed sense of utopianism is being replaced by abstract yet lyrical canvas-scapes, echoing the –so much needed– detox of the mind and our spiritual well-being. Sensing and identifying a profound connection with nature, Meletopoulou asserts the significance of our origins and our transformative ability to survive. Survival is an act embedded in the human DNA. 

Her visual vocabulary propels our attention into the elasticity of space and the fragility of the moment, simultaneously re-evaluating the parameters of our existence. All canvas works convey polyvocal conversations reflecting the reality and our relation to it; a relation that keeps redefining its rules and its strengths. At the same time, all installations are interpretations of the multi-layered levels of our identity and our intellect as they expand into the domain we all live in.

The works of Meletopoulou emerge as esoteric archives, games of the unconscious, dreams for a different world. They unlock the inner power that unites us not only with our surrounding environment but they also connect collective consciousness with our universe.

curated by Kostas Prapoglou

Origins X, 2022
acrylic paint on canvas, 1.40 x 2.00 m
Origins XI, 2022
acrylic paint on canvas, 1.40 x 2.00 m
Origins ΙII, 2022
acrylic paint on canvas, 1.09 x 1.08 m
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Universe I, 2021
bamboo, strings, wood, paper and plastic, 1.33 x 1.63 m
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Locus V, 2021
paper, strings on canvas, 0.88 x 1.40 m
Origins VΙ, 2020
acrylic paint on canvas, 1.00 x 1.45 m
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Origins V, 2021
acrylic paint on canvas, 1.10 x 1.55 m
Origins ΙX, 2022
ink and acrylic paint on canvas, 1.10 x 0.90 m
Universe III, 2021
diptych, bamboo, strings, paper, 1.73 x 0.55 m (each)
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Locus VI, 2021
paper, bamboo, strings on canvas, 0.48 x 1.20 m
You can see the exhibition catalogue here