"About a one and a half year ago I received bad news concerning bloodwork which was done in Greece, my mother country, as a periodic check-up. According to the results I had some kind of terminal disease and my time in this world would be limited. A second opinion proved these results to be faulty and thankfully it turned out that nothing was the matter with my health. Having been so close to death’s door the subject stayed within my artistic practice. My recent works are based on the fact that death is inevitable to all of us. Garments of my deceased relatives hang from ceiling openings. They ascend to the hereafter, as it were, and are coverings that now take on a symbolic value with regard to the persons that used to wear them. Above each garment, a plant of thyme is placed, referring to a Greek saying that someone who died is now located under the thyme. Eventually the little plants will decay. Furthermore, the metal plant symbolizes life, at the same time exposing its roots death comes in to the picture. The rusted metal sheet is hanging like a painting; this object has stood outside for two years and is affected by climate and time. By making the processes of decay visible I try to get a grip on our unfathomable mortality."
Galerie SANAA heeft de Mondriaan kunstkoopregeling.