KONSTANTINOS PARDALIS She 1998 - x +
ParK1998-she

CN: ParK1998-she

MT: L-type print on paper mounted on aluminium (35x25)

ED: 1/2

DN: Mr. Stylianos-Sotirios Pardalis - 2007

CM: Constantinos Pardalis' She is one of the earliest portraits created by the artist while investigating the issue of portraiture. She is the portrait of a real person that existed in the artist's life, in an attempt to accept it and be reconciled with it. Pardalis isolated the face from its surrounding environment and focused on the facial expression. Convinced that the face is an unerring mediator in the acquaintance with the true 'I', the artist endowed the portrait with huge eyes that became its basic pole of attraction. The eyes are mirrors of the soul, which describe the condition of feelings, the disposition of the psyche and the intention of thought. However, the more he magnified She's eyes the more impenetrable and indecipherable they became. In vein he sought to find in her gaze the truth about her. In the end, the artist named this portrait 'She', because there was always an undiminishable distance between them. She was at the same time something familiar but foreign; close but far; good but evil, like a coincidence of joy and pain together. Might then the ability to decipher the truth in foreign eyes come as a result of self-knowledge?

[Megakles 06/2007]

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