KALLIOPI KOPANITSA FishFaces 2007 = - x +

CN: KopK2007fifa

MT: mixed media: watercolor on paper mache, clay and polystyrene (33x16x16 / 33x17x15)

IL: Vassilis Pesmazoglou 2007 [unpaginated]; Megakles Rogakos 2008

DN: Ms. Kalliopi Kopanitsa - 2008

LC: ACG - Office of Alumni Relations & College Events

CM: FishFaces belong to a group of artworks -FishFaces, Swimmers and MamaBoys - that Kalliopi Kopanitsa presented in an exhibition entitled Relaxing on the Beach in 2007 at Gallery 3 of Athens. By looking at them one sees the artist's theater background. They remind one of theatrical masks. While she was experimenting with this new material she was in the country by the sea during the summer. She was guided by this material while sculpting it, and what emerged were heads with fins - a hybrid of human being and fish. It is interesting that after having made her FishFaces Kopanitsa discovered that there are human beings that do in fact look like them. "It has perhaps to do with our origin; we may have come from the sea" says Kopanitsa. "There is a category of people who are FishFaces, so they ended up on the beach along with the humans". She wasn't thinking about their gender, but they are probably female and chating in a rather flippant manner. They may also be whistling or even blowing bubbles. Then there was an issue as to where these head should rest. Looking for materials in the market, she accidentally bumped into a pile of cut-off polystyrene wig blocks. To relate them to the sea she covered them in colored tissue paper and painted them. They became like rocks on the seabed with a watery movement to them. Thus her playful FishFaces rest on weightless bases.

[Megakles Rogakos 09/2008]

PESMAZOGLOU, VASSILIS Kalliopi Kopanitsa: Relaxing on the Beach 2007 Galerie 3, Athens [Greek]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens