CM: Stella Meletopoulou's Sail belongs to a small series of abstract collages influenced from the presentation of her dissertation at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2008. Inspired from her beloved quote of Odysseus Elytis "In order to firmly step on the ground, one leg must be outside the ground", Meletopoulou takes advantage of her knowledge in painting to reacts to it. In these works she uses disparate visual elements, investigating the chromatic and qualitative relations of materials with spontaneity, as a means of freeing herself from artistic conventions. In this respect her work references the art of Kurt Switters and Anne Ryan. Thus, she begins to compose various materials and in due course these lead her way. While respecting balances, she turns them around, leaves them for a while and later revisits them. The work itself asks her to add or subtract things and at some stage tells her that she 'arrived'. This process makes the artist see the things from a fresh viewpoint. Meletopoulou claims that with these works she balances in one important respect "to combine the freshness and coolness of my intention with the antipode of warm colors". It is something personal without needing to give any explanation to the viewer. Such work influences positively both artist and viewer because an objectively beautiful result is brought forth effortlessly. Howard Hodgkin maintains that "A painting is finished when the subject comes back, when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object". Meletopoulou's present collage presents a horizon line splitting the land from the sea. The object that returns - in keeping with Hodgkin - is the black boat with its sail made of gilt bubblewrap.