ELIAS HARISSIS Vortex 1990 - x +
Hari1990vort

CN: Hari1990vort

MT: oil on threaded paper, encased in perspex case (235x175 / F:237x177x6)

TX: signed with brush at lower center in Greek <Harissis 90>, with pencil at rear lower left <Harissis 90>

DN: Ms. Androniki Charissi - 2005

CM: In this work Elias Harissis presents, without the slightest disposition for affectation, a swimmer in the embrace of a watery vortex. The picture is graspable and refers to a specific moment during which the swimmer balances on the rim of the vortex, which is a natural force that 'wishes' to offer any material to the abyss. The composition primarily concerns a stifling blue background that through concentric circles focuses on the swimmer's flesh, which stands out by the metaphysical way that light refracts onto it. Harissis endows the moment with the perpetual element of the struggle between nature and man, whose outcome is always fatal for the latter. Here, the death of the swimmer from drowning in the dynamic vortex will become sweet deliverance from the burden of life. Despite its macabreness, the subject touches philosophically upon the thymic dimension of human existence in relation to what Harissis calls "lonely sea of consciousness".

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]

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