Ksenia Marlitsi

Untitled I, oil on canvas, 110 x 100 cm, 2016


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!

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4 thoughts on “Ksenia Marlitsi

  1. The idea that an artist makes things for their own pleasure is difficult to teach. At the start, there is almost always a nagging presence in the artist’s mind of someone who needs to be pleased or “approve” of the result. The sooner that presence disappears, the better for the artist.

  2. Beauty comes in many different forms to many different people. There are many starving artists because of their passion. The clever ones are not greedy, they indulge in between making a living, They are combining their passion with the realism of having to live in this life.

  3. Xenia was one of the most, eager to paint children, that came to the Cultural Organisation of Skopelos when I was teaching painting, around 1990. That was during Stamatis Perissi’s mayorship. 45 children, from 5 yrs to 15, came every afternoon and made the most wonderful artworks. After some time, when she was studying in Volos, she told me that, back then, it was her first contact with art.

  4. Nice story. Even if out of 45 children a program like that changes one life for the better (let’s say) it is something. The local government thought that giving children an opportunity which they otherwise might not have was worth the (probably minimal) expense.

    You never know when something (an idea, a technique, a thought etc) passed on will be crucial to anyone (I’m thinking positively). Certainly your efforts, with the support of the municipality, made a difference in at least one young life.

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