EFI CHRYSSI Scales 2008 - x +

CN: ChrE2008scal

MT: acrylic on paper, encased in plexiglass (96x66 / F:97x67x6)

TX: signed by marker at rear lower left in English <Chryssi 2008>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2011

LC: ACG Art Storage

CM: Efi Chryssi's Scales was presented to Megakles Rogakos as a token of appreciation for his contribution to the catalogue of her first personal exhibition in Athens. The full text reads as follows: "Kaleidoscope: The Search for Visual Infinity in the Art of Efi Chryssi / Efi Chryssi was born on 17 June 1961 in Athens, Greece. After graduating from Pierce College in 1979, she furthered her studies at the School of Social Workers at the Institute of Higher Social Work in Athens (1979-1982). She then went on to study Interior Decoration and Design at the Inchbald School of Design in London (1983). Her father was a manufacturer of buildings. Between 1980-1985 she attended lessons in architectural design with Alekos Kalligas and Vasilis Lezos. This experience imparted to her a love of geometry and lines. Visiting art exhibitions, she became attracted to Optical Art, a modern method of painting concerning the interaction between picture plane and illusion, between seeing and understanding. In 1980 she began creating works by using the grid, following in the traces of optical art, with a manifest passion for the lines , color and light. She acquired a surprisingly steady hand, which allows her to use the brush like a pencil. Her art is always under her own control, within rules and limits. Such control explains her further love of symmetry. However, she invests the system she applies with great imagination of colors and shapes. Over time her love of colors turned to facility in tonal relationships. The challenge for Chryssi is to choose various chromatic tones that lead to visual harmony. She selects bold color combinations. Her colors are not pre-fabricated, but she herself mixes them and personally produces specific tones. She often creates compositions as complementary pairs, positive and negative, which indicate a deep and unbreakable bond between them. She further relates the geometric shapes with concepts - the circle with life, the pyramid with exaltation, and the square with logic. Her subjects are inspired as much from nature as the science of geometry - stars and sea stars, suns and moons, waves and pebbles, mills and pyramids, planets and totems, cubes and balls, swords and scales. Creation for Chryssi is a sweet solitude. Art travels her incredibly and she patiently endures countless hours of work. Her works relate to an alternative world - the visual infinity. In actual fact the compositions of Chryssi may be based on finite materials, but they extend beyond the limitations of time and space, potentially towards infinity. Her desire is with her works to invite the world to see colors and shapes anew. The art of Efi Chryssi demonstrates the miracle that the human hand may create when there is will and vision." / "My childhood years were sealed with familial warmth. Painting gave me endless hours of companionship next to my father. I remember him on his drawing board working, and I was beside him with a box of crayons and a drawing pad. I drew lines, I gave them shape and then colored the squares and the circles - shapes of my life. Other parallel lines that never met, others ended somewhere, other sweetly blended, many were erased by time, others would inevitably be lost... Infinite travels of the mind and the hand. My companions are my experiences, some knowledge, much imagination, several colors. Colors of the soul, colors of hope. Some shapes, trapped, some liberated - depending on the mood, the conditions. I do not know where this course may lead. A path without pause, perhaps with some inevitable breaks. Breaks of investigations. Breaks of revision... Light, color, joy, sadness, life, and so on... [Efi Chryssi to Megakles Rogakos in 2007]"

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2011]