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2005-06-04

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Works created from 2003 to 2005.
IRIS GALERY- Mariza Fasianou. March 2005.

Through chromatic luminescence
Athena Schina, Critic and Art Historian


Painting is a means of personal exercise in expression in the nature of communication. It is not true that the artist through his works shapes illusory realities which he seeks to communicate. On the contrary, I would say that he traces pathways, awakening our senses, behind which truths glimmer which cannot be expressed by rhetoric and in a monosemantic way, since they are presented more as probabilities and suspicions of the real than as certainties. In any event, the role of art, is not imitatively in competition with what observation captures, but is more profoundly and communicatively interactive. Through art the 'masks' of an individualised and pluralistic truth which is suggested by elision, transcending the watertight compartments of time and consciousness, are manifested. The place of consciousness is taken by feeling or sensory understanding, stirring in the beholder unexplored deposits which relate to the dialogue as the case may be of the unconscious, of archetypes, of symbols, of myths, and of allegories. These deposits are also connected with situations which have side-effects on the imagination and the projections of the reality within - a reality which draws its opportunities from aspects of what is described and from its affinities with everyday products of fantasy. For that reason the artist has no quarrel with the visual images which he observes, even if he adopts certain aspects of them, as he uses them as springboards. Through the gestures and the expressed recordings of these starting-points of form he creates an intuitive contemplation of his very own, objectifying reflections of his personal inner world. It is into this world that he initiates us, as he suggests stimuli which activate our willingness to involve ourselves in questionings, wondering and curiosities having to do with the enigmas of life.
Vasso Triga-Vlachaki has been painting for many years now and has exercised herself in various methods and techniques which require persistence and skill, thus bringing out aspects of the poetics which lie behind the disturbance of conventions.

Although she started out from representational realism, her interest soon turned to composite principles, contradictory values and tactile particularities of forms engaged in a dialogue with colour tonicities, and with the planes of background and surface. However, her brush was soon liberated, and with it the inner distributions of its fields of artistic activity. The place of a classicising perspective was taken by complexes of interpenetration of motifs through more internal converse between the levels of space, as her colours began at the same time to become strong and phototropic, with the gesture predominating and determining the flow of a composite and abstractive 'narrative'. The visual stimuli of Vasso Triga-Vlachaki come, in the recent unit of her works, from the space which forms her environment, from her impressions and memories, and from life in an urban megalopolis. Desires and dreams, imaginary journeys of everyday life and allegories are filtered through the innocence of a deliberately adopted child's way of looking at the world as that is revealed in the vortex of time, eliminating distances and achieving amalgamations between consciousness and the unconscious, reason and transcendence.

Each of her paintings exercises its own autonomy. The colours become effulgences, sometimes flashes of lightning and deep blue darkness, as if drawn from the bottom of the seas. Her visual 'landscape' in each case operates as an open window on the world and, on the other hand, as a magic carpet ready to take off with the imagination. People and objects, shapes and rhythms, tones and contrasts, tensions and relaxations are presented with dynamism, bringing out a dialectic dense 'weaving' of motifs, in the type of the horror vacui, of a 'profusion of the void', that is, through which by suggestion a certain diffused atmosphere of delight springs up. Houses and skies, vegetation and wheeled vehicles, fruit and sea creatures journey to galaxies of an unfading joy which drives out the darkness by constant transubstantiations. Through these, the unfettered gaze of Vasso Triga-Vlachaki wings its way unprejudiced and without any restriction of rationalisation performs a balancing act which endows her works with light and hope - a hope which ostracises the shadows of things and eliminates their frontiers as it looks forward to the suns of the next day.

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"The wings of the soul open windows there - where they perhaps do not exist, on the lunch or supper table,
on the bed of first awakening,
on the desk which swallows up thoughts and writings;
horizons and worlds of nostalgia.
The brush-stroke which spreads its wings, drives out routine, harsh, grey-black images.
I cycle on pathways which fill me with oxygen and enrich my senses."

V. Triga

2005-06-04

Points of contact

Works created from 2003 to 2005.
IRIS GALERY- Mariza Fasianou. March 2005.