Chelsea College of Art And Design (BA Fine Art Painting, 2007 / 2007)
What is your favourite film of all time?
The Wizard of OZ for its horse of many colours and the lions and tigers and bears (triangles, circles and squares). There is no place like home, except I don’t feel I have a home. Caught as I am between two cultures; I have Greek-Cypriot roots and live in London
What music are you currently listening to and why?
Always Dylan and the Beatles - it’s my time. But I like some newer songs like David Grey’s ‘Hold on to Nothing’, Newton Faulkner’s ‘Dream Catch Me’ and Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’!
Which living artists do you most admire and why?
Tomma Abts and Marta Marce for their geometry, colour, commonality and humanism.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Sol Lewitt and Eva Hesse for the same reasons. When Eva was having problems making art Sol’s advice was to give yourself permission to make bad art. Good advice.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Tomma Abts at Greengrassi and Marta Marce at Riflemaker – Thank god I’m not alone!
What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?
What’s it about? I don’t get it? What would you like it to be about – if I’m in a bad mood. Or I tell the story behind the picture with anecdotes.
What / who inspired you to be an artist?
After being actively discouraged from making art at school I started a beginner’s art class at The Mary Ward Centre who encouraged me to do a Foundation Course and gently pushed me into going to Art College. I’ve been painting for about eight years.
Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?
I can’t afford a studio, so I paint at the kitchen table which means I’ve had to downsize to smaller sized canvas.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Every day in every way I get better and better.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
It’s made me a better person. Diogenes states that not everyone is a person!
What are your plans for the coming year?
To get as much exposure as an artist as I can and to sell some work.
Latest artwork - View all by this artist
Dorothy Walks On BySize(HxWxD):60x60x3.5cm£700.00
Stuck In The Middle With DorothySize(HxWxD):60x60x3.5cm£700.00
Dorothy Flys Me To The MoonSize(HxWxD):60x60x3.5cm£700.00
Windmills Of Dorothy's MindSize(HxWxD):100x100x3.5cm£850.00
I Don't Live TodaySize(HxWxD):4x50x100cm£850.00
Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself...Size(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
Dorothy Whispers Hey Joe!Size(HxWxD):60x60x4cm£700.00
Dorothy Strolls All Along The WatchtowerSize(HxWxD):60x60x4cm£700.00
Scuse Me While I Kiss The SkySize(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
Dorothy Wonders If Six Was NineSize(HxWxD):60x60x4cm£700.00
Diamonds And Rust 4Size(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
Diamonds And Rust 3Size(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
Diamonds And Rust 2Size(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
Diamonds And Rust 1Size(HxWxD):100x50x4cm£850.00
My work is usually in a square format comprised of geometric patterns inspired by physics, politics and popular music of the 60s and 70s. The work is based on symmetry and the reading of physics. Namely, is it a good idea or are we broken by symmetry? I look at the fractal nature of reality and the work is an abstract representation of ‘the geometry of hope’, ‘the fierce urgency of now’, and ‘the politicisation of sleep’. Sometimes it all seems perfectly clear and the next moment all is mired the fogs of confusion, like the double edged sword of confidence and insecurity. By attaching popular song titles to the work which, when persuaded, I sing a cappella, I am searching for what Paul Virilio calls that ‘picnoleptic’ moment of suspension. Like this! Like this timely moment that goes on and on like an eternity. If that was all then that would be enough.
I have always been fascinated by systems and patterns. The child self decided not to step on the cracks in the pavement, and then decided to step on the cracks in the pavement. It always had to be one or the other, no compromise, that’s a rule, or maybe it isn’t! Cobblestones and tarmac always seemed problematic. The adult self necessarily abandons their self to randomness. It sucks! Surely, the fledgling cries, there’s a reason for everything, and everything has a reason? Or maybe it doesn’t! The younger self was traumatised by a nomadic and impoverished history, he yearned for structure and order but it proved to be unattainable - but maybe it isn’t!
“Dumb? Since when? Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time? It’s abominable! When! When! One day, is that not enough for you, one day he went dumb, one day I went blind, one day we’ll go deaf, one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?”
(Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett)
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all”.
(Mario Savio – Free Speech Movement, 1964)
2011 - 'Nailphilia', DegreeArt.com Gallery, Vyner Street, London
2010 - Crash Open Salon Show, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London
2010 – Solo Show ‘Wild Horses & Other Creatures’, Mary Ward Centre, London
2009 - 'The Art of Regeneration', Art at Dalston Square, Barrat Homes Development organised by DegreeArt.com
2008 - 'Collect4'- The Painting Week, DegreeArt.com Gallery, Vyner Street, London
2008 - ‘Disambiguation’ at the Mary Ward Centre
2007 - 'Scratch', Custom House Quay, Dublin
2007- Chelsea College of Art & Design,
Fine Art Degree Show
2007 - 'Edenbrook', Wood Street, London
2006 - 'Landmarks', Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins, London
2006 - 'Systems & Patterns', Art Below Zero, Westbourne Studios, Under The Westway, London
2005 - Art Below Zero, Westbourne Studios, Under The Westway, London
2003 - 'The Longest Day' Mary Ward Centre Foundation Show