If someone asked me what exactly is it that I am trying to say through my work, I would impulsively answer: ‘’I am trying to resurrect the child!’’ Or better yet: ‘’I am searching for the child’s home!’’
- Vagelis Pappas
Art is usually defined as a linear progression in time. It stems from the timeless commercialism of art, but could potentially trap and disorientate the artist. The original creation is not governed by concepts of Time or Space. Spirituality, which is the dominant source of expression is experienced through the Way of living art. And this methodology has never been decoded through sterile linear progression. The Artist is a multifaceted entity. Past, present and future are non-objective concepts, space and time exist in many ways at the same time, or they could no longer exist, whilst visual art is not formed as a continuation and consequence of Art History but as an affecting factor. Contemporary art - when defined as the offspring of Modernism in the 20th century - is false and quickly forfeited. The only way to survive is to set a personal testimony of truth, that functions an identity, a quirky and unique statement. Taken into consideration the melting pot that we are living in one can only imagine how difficult this could be. Nevertheless my practice respects this globalized conception of perceiving the world around us as an enriching experience but at the same time it rejects the homogenization and gradual eradication of local culture. Respecting above all the unfathomable urge to create mystical shapes and forms of Greek heroes as a counter action to a world continuously interrupted by crisis Form and consequently leading to stasis.
“Restart” - A comment in search of Greekness in the early 21st century.
The Greek appears as a mirror for each viewer that wants to stand in front of those pieces. Those Greeks are called just like us: Helen, Cleopatra, Andreas, Alexander, Constantine, Andromache, Pavlos, Dimitris, Georgios... and yet they are different from us, and yet they reveal something to us. It is perhaps the ideal of an integrated Form, and at the same time the deformation of a relentless obsession towards our self-destruction. It’s what we call: Awkwardness. Or in other words, a struggle for a change, but without having the outcome of the fight. Victory or defeat? Admittedly this Restart of the Greeks simply explains – perhaps even historically - the fact, but not the Epic Poem...
The heroes of the paintings, sometimes humble, other times huge, urge us to link our past to our future, asking us to participate, judging ourselves for who we are and what we do today. The sturdy compositions and dynamic brushstrokes reveal the artist’s intention to reach perfection through their own internal process. Art should awaken and ennoble !
- Athanasios Theotokis