Skopelitan artist Polyxenia Marlitsi has organized some of her recent work and created a website. You can see what she’s been up to by visiting her site here (klik). The work shows the artist’s courage and curiosity in working with (perhaps) new and unfamiliar materials in innovative ways.
Artists create for themselves, not for an imaginary audience. The works in creation are themselves the goal. It is essential for people who we refer to as artists to take chances and discover something about themselves in the making of each piece; to experience something very personal and perhaps baffling to a potential viewer. The viewer is in fact ultimately unnecessary.
Once the work is completed that experience of self-generation through creation is finished and whatever energies the work gave the maker during the making vanish upon completion. The finished object (or whatever) becomes something else, a curio.
Ksenia was raised in Skopelos. I remember meeting her in the late 1990’s when she visited our studio to show us her portfolio. Ksenia wanted advice on her application portfolio the Athens School of Fine Arts. As I recall, the portfolio requirement at that time was to show mostly “academic” drawings, “realistic” figures and objects in a post renaissance style relating to the “Classical Period” Greek history (400 BCE). The style is directly the opposite of modernism so we weren’t much help to her I’m afraid. But she did it, she was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts and survived to evolve into an interesting artist. It ain’t easy.
Congratulations to Ksenia! Keep it up!