ALKISTIS MICHAELIDOU Thymography 2009 - x +

CN: MicA2009thym

MT: mixed media: charcoal, chalk, pastel, graphite and paper on canvas (80x160)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper right of picture in English <Prove y feel yr writing / + yr anger / + yr rhythm / [Greek] the anger / in the same motif / in the same motif / in the same motif / [English] it gets manic / [Greek] «vibrating»>

DN: Mr. Nikolaos M. Doukas - 2009

LC: ACG - Presidential Residence

CM: Alkistis Michaelidou's Thymography is a climax in her series of works on the subject of Delphi. Michaelidou projects her emotions on the landscape of Delphi with a disregard for Delphi's apperance. Anger, converted into gestural scrible, smudge, scratch, abrasion or tearing, refers to a divine outburst in the form of extreme weather conditions. Anger is something electrical. Here anger is represented with a strong rhythmic style as a sketch on the limits of speed. The explosive and angry scripts converted to obsessed repeated lines causing a pattern. After all, the angry persistent tendency to repeat the same phrase. The title Thymography ironically implies - as Michaelidou claims - "a refining of anger, a refutation of anger, a measuring of anger and its measure (as described below)", while essentially referring to the opposite - anger as shock. As a matter of fact, Michaelidou in scrib ed on th e picture its alternative title Vibrating. According to Plato 'thymos' is but an element of the soul's tripartite division (the other two being reason and desire) and is found at the lowest level of this division. In keeping with this, Michaelidou is interested in the sense that the barbarity of anger troubles existence, and that its persistence unwillingly creat es a negative situation that ruins the golden section of balance and. Thus, Michaelidou complements her conceptual form of anger with structure and rhythm in the form of manic gesture that at some parts persisists by means of repetition. Indeed, with a feel of self-irony the painter add s on the composition part of a paper measure - claims her - as "a guide for loss of self and Logos (reason)".

[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]