ARTEMIS ALCALAY Labyrinth 2007 - x +

CN: AlcA2007laby

MT: L-type print on paper mounted on aluminium (156x120)

DN: Ms. Artemis Alcalay - 2007

LC: ACG - Attica Tradition Educational Foundation, Athens

CM: Artemis Alcalay's Labyrinth originates in a series of artworks under the same subject that the artist has been working on since the 1990s. She combines an age-old weaving tradition with contemporary technology. Artworks in this series start with handicraft and finish in a digital form, abolishing the boundaries between folk and contemporary art. Alcalay weaves her work with fibers of natural dyes on a traditional loom, she photographs them and then renders them digitally on the computer, creating thus a totally new work. The subject and the technique of the labyrinth are in perfect harmony with one another and are equally exciting and gnarled.

In the original work the handmade ribbon forms - along its route on the wooden surface - a labyrtinth. The beginning and end of the wondering are lost in the meandering shapes, making the entry and exit as difficult for whomever attempts to try it. This work references directly the primordial labyrinths, which symbolize the sacred perplexity between opposites.

The labyrith's digital version is even more complex and intricate. The image of the original work has been shuttered without completely loosing its original composition. It creates a collage that deconstructs reality. The ribbon's uninterrupted itinerary is abandoned, resulting on the one hand in the prohibition of the journey's continuation, yet at the same time creating opportunities of personal solutions, which are defined by the viewer himself.

[Megakles Rogakos 09/2006]