CM: Maria Mylona-Kyriakidi's Dual Personality is a self-portrait unique in its kind, at the time her painting was under the influence of surrealism. The work began as a portrait irrelevant to her, but in the process of its creation subconsciously turned out to become autobiographical. The figure of the painter is represented frontally as a winged angel, who is divided in two vertical halves. Her face appears lifeless, although her eyes radiate with light, alluding to life and energy. The lines of the face and the feathers give the impression of cracked glass, referring to the soul's state of fragility and vulneraility. The hands - a key instrument of creation - project with clarity, strength and determination from the dark background. On the one side, her right hand holds the knife vertically with intensity. On the other side, her left hand holds with sensitivity a branch which has taken an upward turn. The knife - emblematic of absoluteness' hardness - expresses anxiety for the inevitable deterioration, decay and decline. The branch - emblematic of nature's tenderness - expressed the expectation of regeneration, renewal and spring. The choice of the palette's bold color was subconscious. The bluish hue of the skin evokes man's intellectual dimension. The warm shades of herbal nerves visible beneath the clothing and biological veins of the sky in the background represent the outsourcing of human doubt among dilemmas. With the distance of time Mylona became aware of Dual Personality's reference to her parents - a warm and caring father and an independent mother that was exclusively committed to her work. In the light of this dimension the present work eloquently records the painter's need to develop - through extreme influences - her own personality.
[Megakles Rogakos 09/2007]
ILIOPOULOU-ROGAN, DORA Maria Mylona-Kyriakidi 1972-1999 1999 Adam Gallery, Athens
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens