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Christina Michalopoulou

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Christina Michalopoulou

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I returned to painting after a long hiatus. It would seem that I was gathering images and shapes during that time. I was building an unconscious archive that lived somewhere underneath my breath. They are all now pouring out, unstoppable, in acrylic and oil, in abstraction and hyperreal figuration, in blossoming color and start monochrome.

My focus is the emotional and the affective as emerging in human bodies and faces. I am interested in desire, love, obsession, sadness and elation, claustrophobia and liberation, hells and heavens. While I paint, with my brushes and my fingers, I touch upon the form of the body and how it shifts when dressed in different shading and light; the skin and the way it carries its wounds and traumas, the way it scars from things physical and mental; I love tracing the way the body recoils or spreads when touched, the way it flourishes or hides away when looked at; I am always attracted to the affects of sounds and looks, the way the body might be reacting to them and how they make it turn, towards them or away from them.

My bodies are always dipped in a space of different texture: it could be angular and harsh, or soft and nebulous, but it always carries the causes for the body’s posture, it gives clues, it explains what is happening. The dialectic between body and space is the overarching bridge of my work. The spaces I paint might not be physical or representational. They might just be the space of the canvas. But they always give form to the body folded in them. Space and body embrace each other in seriousness or fun, in cartoonism or quotidian tragedy, in concreteness and abstraction.

Fragments II
This artwork was recently painted, during the second lock down period due to Covid restrictions in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is part of a portrait series, painted by my growing urge to come in contact with the thing I mostly miss nowadays: faces. Covid has taken expressions, has taken beauty, has taken lips that smile, spit words, laugh out loud and kiss away from us. And this series of paintings comes to offer me a placebo, remind me of the way faces were, when lips and eyes agree, express feelings and whisper to ones heart. Oil on stretched, round canvas, 50 cm diameter. February 2021 The whole series is being left unfinished yet finished in a symbolic attach to everything that is being left unfinished during this last year. Jobs, affairs, relationships, projects, dreams, trips, expectations, all hanging loosely, almost floating under the grey pandemic sky, waiting for the wind to finally blow and clear the clouds…
Fragments III
This artwork was recently painted, during the second lock down period due to Covid restrictions in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is part of a portrait series, painted by my growing urge to come in contact with the thing I mostly miss nowadays: faces. Covid has taken expressions, has taken beauty, has taken lips that smile, spit words, laugh out loud and kiss away from us. And this series of paintings comes to offer me a placebo, remind me of the way faces were, when lips and eyes agree, express feelings and whisper to ones heart. Oil on stretched, round canvas, 50 cm diameter. February 2021
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I am Christina Michalopoulou, a Greek artist, a contemporary painter living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece.

My mediums are acrylic paint or oil colors on large canvas surfaces. My paintings, as my soul lately, are in a constant battle between abstraction and photorealism. Creating figurative, photorealistic human figures and body parts on one hand, bringing them in total contradiction with contemporary abstraction on the other.  Most of the times, I choose to bring the realism of my figures in contrast with an abstract, pop or minimalistic background as a play of surrealism resemblance to a collage.