CM: Helen Sarris' Surprise belongs to a series of works in the form of a painted calendar. The series comprises heads of people without gender and a lot of expressiveness. Here, the feeling of surprise is personified by a head that is independent of space or time. It is painted thickly and gives the impression of focusing on a face that is compressed within the boundaries of the paper. The anatomy of this face is unusual and surprising. The colors are intense and reflect youthful energy. Surprise seems to be in a mode of excitement and demonstrates the wonder with which youth greets life.
Sarris uses the multiple background technique to emphasize the theme's focus - the expression of energy and vitality. The densely painted foreground of the face contrasts with the immediate background of the paper, which is smudged with colors and then painted over with white. The subsequent background uses color to symbolically create the impression of a window. Finally, the mat is also smudged. This solution of multiple backgrounds suggests a sense of reality, whereby - when focusing on one thing - everything around it appears blurry and indefinite. In this case, viewers are encouraged to focus on the full expression of the feeling of surprise.
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens