CM: The Kiss of Elias Harissis is from a great series of namesake works from 1992-2000, which fall under the broader theme of love. Like in hunger and thirst, love is but a basic human need to be fed. Following the completion of the Kiss series, Harissis kept a note of the following thought: "Love, hunger, and thirst are neither culture or history or social convention. They are the permanent black granite under the varnish of culture and history." Herewith, the gesture of the kiss, which has been represented in art so many times, retains its structural foundation, but is removed from the romantic wrapping of sugary colors. Harissis intends to present things as they really are, in their personal quality of despair. In the course of creation and in combination with the artist's masterful skill, the design of lines and the gradation of shades fall in their place. The artwork is not as it begins, but - according to Harissis - emerges from existence itself. The result is emotionally absolute.