ISMINI BONATSOU Curiosity 2006 - x +
BonI2006curi

CN: BonI2006curi

MT: acrylic on wood (110x92x4)

IL: Megakles Rogakos 2008, #036

CT: Spilioti Projects, Athens - 2008

LC: ACG - Deree College, Office of International Admissions & Study Abroad

CM: The paintings of Bonatsou from the Shadow Games series present figures accompanied by their shadows in an empty space. Her protagonist is a female being of no certain age, which resembles a child. The girl, in monumental dimension, occupies a space that is faceless, without character. Herewith, the girl stands in the heart of the space, concerned with nothing else but her curious shadow. While the painting shows her turning outwards to the viewer, her gaze seems to be looking at the shadow behind her. For Bonatsou the shadow refers to the dark side of us - our desires and fears. This particular shadow in its upper extension reveals a cat, which stands as symbol of femininity, game and curiosity. The cat's arched back shows her ready to play or to attack. The girl actually looks with perplexity and suspicion at what is happening with her shadow - a game between consciousness and subconsciousness. The shadow actually demonstrates what is really happening in the person's mind and feelings.

The center of the work is slightly shifted to break the concept of balance. The pink background opens to a penetrable void. The palette of Bonatsou always shows a preference for cold hues, which gives the feeling that her paintings in general represent nocturnal hours under artificial light, which is the time of dream. The colors are seemingly childlike and are reminiscent of fancy candy, while the shadow is peach black hardly with any gradation. The floor tiles, which in academic terms reveal mastery of perspective, have been executed here with a feel for a dollhouse. The lines are drawn by hand, intentionally trembling, to evoke the feeling of the 'breath' of creation.

[Megakles Rogakos 04/2008]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
MARKATOU, DORA Shadow Games 2007 Art Base, Brussels
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens

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