MARIA ANDONATOU Escape 1989 - x +

CN: AndM1989esca

MT: oil on canvas (140x100)

TX: painted with brush at lower left of center vertically in Greek <M.Andonatou '89>

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #018

DN: Archimedes Neonakis S.A. - 1997

CM: Maria Andonatou's Escape comes from a namesake series of paintings, in which spatial relations plays the composition's main role. Andonatou's main concern is the escape from urban space. She refers to the paradoxical coincidence of inhabiting a building and experiencing absolute freedom in nature. The Escape presents a formalist architectural interior, whose walls form clear shapes with reference to open space in nature. As a matter of fact, the light blue wall terminates with a curve, which gives the feeling of a painterly shape and offers a way out. The large blue form makes reference to water, which alludes to a calm utopia. The white background, which is flanked by the light blue wall and the blue form, serves to balance the composition by yielding its dynamic. In this narrow strip of light is dramatized a situation that is as much natural as it is paradoxical. Behind the blue form emerges a gigantic human head, which tends to resemble a puppet. At a distance makes its appearance a dog - the domestic animal par' excellence, which adapts into the space, while developing a friendly relation with man. A mirror, which surrealistically hangs close to the white background and before the blue foreground, reflects the space behind the viewer's visual field. Its richly ornate frame refers to a distant past by contrast to the present architectural space's minimalism. Thus the mirror is a time capsule, which from the past reflects the present and continues towards the future. Nevertheless, such a time capsule is unreliable. It may be noticed that it is supported by a chain that is only seemingly strong - one of the links is problematic, and at any time the mirror may fall and vanish. This detail focuses on Escape's tragedy and humorous disposition - that life is an on-going paradox.

[Megakles 04/2007]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens