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Ctrl + t: Melina Fakitsa Mosland
T.A.F. / the art foundation continues its program CTRL+τ with a project by Melina Fakitsa Mosland which starts on Thursday 30 of May and runs until the 6thof June 2019.
CTRL+ τ is an initiative aimed at mobilising emerging local and international artists to deploy their artistic practice and develop a work in progress. Throughout the year and for a specific period, different artists are given control of T.A.F.’s physical and virtual space, in order to elaborate upon the concept of CTRL+τ with absolute freedom in terms of research methodology and artistic means.
“BLOOM in progress” is the next step of Melina Mosland’s degree exhibition. The basic project is a visual fairy tale, a collage between the perfect human body and the perfect vegetation. Based on botanical illustrations of the 17th and 18th century where the plants were visualized in their best possible state and were combined with images of perfectly shaped 3d anatomy bodies. Inspired by the ancient myths of Daphne, Adonis and Narcissus where people are turned into plants and also by examples from literature where plants are given human characteristics, as happens in “Alice in Wonderland” and the death of the main character of Kahitsi’s novel Exostis, who decides to die alone in his mansion, from asphyxia caused by the tropical plants of a jungle that literally covers the house and him.
Vegetation can easily symbolize abandonment and decay and at the same time bloom regeneration and life. So the figures in this project can be seen as human bodies lost under the vegetation or as hybrid creatures of a fairy tale.
This project aims to create a path between materials, the creative procedure of art and the artistic outcome. It will focus on the importance of this procedure and it will be based on the multiple steps an artist has to take from one artwork to another. The question that remains is “when a material ever stops being a material and becomes an artwork and the opposite, when an artwork becomes material”.
The main part of the project will be the interaction of the audience with where a main sculpture will be set in the gallery, surrounded by other smaller sculptures. The audience is called to place them as they want on the big sculpture, in order to create a central art piece by the artist in collaboration with them.
Melina Fakitsa Mosland is a Greek – Norwegian visual artist based in Athens. She studied in Athens School of Fine Arts from 2014 – 2019. He art is exploring the connection between the human body and nature, creating dreamy sketches in painting and sculptures. She has exhibited in 2019 on the ‘Degree Show 2019’ in ASFA, and at ‘Art of Ethniki Bank Insurance’. In 2018 she took part in ‘Choices of art historians from Athens School of Fine Arts’ at Trii Art Hub and in 2017 in ‘Contemporary Mosaic’ in Felios Collection’. In 2016 she exhibited in the Cultural Center of Markopoulo, at ‘Exercises on paper’ exhibition.
More info about the artist: https://melinamosland.wixsite.com
Ctrl + τ by night: On Friday, May 31stthe artist will be at the gallery until late to talk about her work with the visitors of the exhibition.
Duration: 30.05.2019 – 06.06.2019
The artist will be at the gallery everyday from 17.00 – 20.00.
Ctrl+τ by night: 31.05.19, 19.00 – 23.00
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sunday, 12.00 – 20.00
Address: Normanou 5 Str., Monastiraki