CM: In the beginning of his artistic career Dionysios Zois Zaverdinos was influenced by Hans Arp (1886-1966), who created biomorphic shapes, and subsequently studied the collages of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and the forms of Alexander Calder (1898-1976). All these masters of form reanimate the artistic vision of Zaverdinos. His series entitled Synthesis is based on design that Zaverdinos initiated in 2005. Such designs play a major role in Zaverdinos' work. They begin as ideas in two dimensions well before they come in the open. Suddenly, in 2007, he began to see his designs in three dimensions and hence he dealt intensely with volume and multi-layered composition. For the present Synthesis Zaverdinos designed the forms onto a piece of wood. He cut the forms and moved one another with the aim to represent an organic relationship between them. He spontaneously placed different levels at slight angles in order to strengthen the relationship between them so as to become necessary. He added an extra piece to balance the composition.
Despite the pure intention of artist and the self-referential character of his work, Zaverdinos' Synthesis refers to biology and the shapes are reminiscent of green foliage, whose lines are dancing or fighting in some mysterious rhythm. No matter how abstract a work is its relationship to nature cannot be ignored. In fact, these shapes reference the eternal struggle of lines. The line always fluctuates and is in motion. As Heraclitus says "everything flows", like a wave. Things are in a constant state of flux. The lines, forms and shapes represent the creative nature of beings, like nature itself. In the past Zaverdinos had created compositions out of prepared sheets of lead. Subsequently he made works of cast plaster. The present composition is the first he cast in aluminum. The material of aluminum looks heavy as lead, but has the lightness that the grace of its shapes emanates.