Christina Michalopoulou

Born in: 1977, Greece

Lives in: Thessaloniki, Greece

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 3 words: Raw, fragile, hard

See More Work:  www.christinamichalopoulou.com

Cocoon - Oil on Canvas 70 x 100 cm

"My focus is on 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. The way the skin carries its wounds and traumas, the way it scars from things physical and mental."

What themes does your work involve?
My paintings are figurative, realistic human figures and body parts, in surrealistic environments. I often like to bring the realism, sometimes even photorealism, of my figures in contrast with an abstract, pop or fictional background.
Describe your creative process.
Inspiration comes from body parts, a story of a scar, a pair of delicate hands, a neck ready to get licked, a breast getting older. Every body part has a story that interests me deeply. 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. 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.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?

Art is my escape land. I paint because it takes away fears and makes me feel protected, stronger. Every hidden, deep emotion of fear, love, passion, hunger, loneliness influences my work, inspires me to create, forces me to paint and spread it violently or tenderly on my canvas.

What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
In my humble opinion, art is there to trouble us, make us feel, awake our deepest thoughts. A great piece of art is the one you will remember after leaving from a gallery or an exhibition, the one that will resemble to your dreams or nightmares, the one that will provoke you to love it or hate it.
What is the role of the artist today?
Living in these difficult, insecure times, artists are there to awake feelings, tell truths, express reality, trouble us. Art is a mean of freedom, a way to involve and react.


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