Articulate

Opening: 01.03.2024, Duration: 22.03.2024

“Art doesn’t imitate life, as it is usually said, rather the other way around. Between the poetry of men and the poetic spirit of the world, the second one is undoubtedly the most productive and the most powerful […]
[Art] makes us say, see and hear, what, without art, wouldn’t be said, wouldn’t have a face, wouldn’t be heard”.       Kostas Axelos

We take away the narrative
We take away color (the black and the white)
We take away explanation and reasoning
And we take away any references to the history of art (which lies at the base).

Myrto Psychaki ‘s work invites us to reflect, it’s about an internal process that evokes a mystery, an almost intuitive, opening. It appears as the imprint of a movement, like the indication of wandering course, as Kostas Axelos says, who chose her work to illustrate his. Therefore, the artwork becomes the documentation of a course whose destination is the actual experience of transition, of change, of action.

Myrto Psychaki ‘s work is developing through a game of co-existence between the void and the full, the intensity of action and the stillness that surrounds it. The visual artist sets the game in motion by choosing to  delve into the interaction between the fundamental elements of image making (painting), which are transformed into materials: light and darkness, line and form, the gesture and its pause, everyday life (the elements of the urban landscape) and transcending it.

[1] Kostas Axelos: The opening to the future and the enigma of art, Athens, Nefeli Publications, 2009; The fate of modern Greece, Athens, Nefeli Publications, 2010; Heraclitus and philosophy. The first conception of the in-being is the totality of Athens, ESTIA bookstore, 2022.

By recalling the ancient meaning of writing, we can think that she illustrates words-poems-thoughts regarding the idea of evolution or, perhaps, to be exact, the meaning of flow (the perpetual movement of matter through space). Her apparently simple movements, seem to be theresult of a single brushstroke. But the density and intensity of the image reveal the research and work behind the gesture. Similarly to the traditions of Asian calligraphy, which involve a rather intricate process of negotiation between knowledge, the ritual (the group of actions developing through certain stages, the process that is strenuous and works as an act of concentration), contemplation and creation.

Psychaki ‘s relationship with the words that accompany her work, is also very important: these words, instead of defining the interpetation of the image, they open it. With a clear reference to the archetypical relationship between writing and painting, between the symbol (as a meaning) and the trace, the mark, this conversation provides this show with its title: Articulate

By doing so, the artist invites us to experience her work, the demanding game whose inner images are familiar and at the same time they hold a mystery. We realize that what we see is what we already know, something that pre-exists within: change, interchange, impact, growth (progress), impulse, that impel us to take a wandering course in the world.

Returning to Axelos, he is inviting us to try “[…] because arduous thinking is always an effort and a test to help us open a road and walk on it. This road may appear to be a difficult one. There may be other paths that are better and easier”. But if we respond, art reveals itself, as an advantageous, rugged and always hovering path, that unveils the horizon of the “poetry spirit of the world”

Sophia Eliza Bouratsis
Art Theorist – Curator