CM:Metamorphosis is the title given by Marina Provatidou for her diploma presentation at the Kessanlis Gallery of the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2008. The presentation took the form of an installation with works in various forms - engraving, photography, sculpture and video - that explore the metaphysical process in the transformation of an elderly woman into a young woman. With this work the artist referred to her autobiography, featuring as much herself as her grandmother - her mother's mother. Through a series of artworks, Metamorfosis makes the viewers witness incidents in which two women of diametrically opposed ages exchange life experiences and memories. The transformation enacted concerns the identification of the grandmother as woman fulfilled and the granddaughter as successor to the family and heir in life. Thus the two brides are integrated into one. The project arrives at the artist's conclusion that "my grandmother and I are one".
In technical terms the present engraving is remarkable - perspex engraving print on paper . It presents the grandmother, who approximates the close of her life, wearing the wedding dress of her granddaughter, who is in the prime of her youth. The medium of transformation is the wedding dress, whose whiteness identifies with the picture's background. Through this work, Provatidou offers but a solution that reconciles aging, which is usually associated with mourning, with the all white wedding dress, which symbolizes youth, chastity and purity. The face of the bride is distinguished by its frontality, where the eyes of the grandmother identify with the very eyes of the granddaughter, which together aim directly to the soul of the viewers.
[Megakles Rogakos 09/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens