Athena’s methodology to painting is her own unique modus operandi. Defining and evolving over the past nineteen years, consequently mastering a simplistic yet complex layered technique. Whilst recording and generating a new invented style for her own abstract themed declarations. Concealing all its complications behind the gauze.
The last few months in my studio I have been exploring and experimenting with movement and colour. I have intensely engrossed my thoughts into the energy of the soul, and how it would move through other dimensions and possibly how that would feel. Expressing this through colour and movement. Each painting has been created directly after a Twenty-minute meditation. Capturing the atmosphere of the tunnel we transition from body to other dimensions. One could say it’s as if I am recording the subconscious in a conscious manner. Decoding and exploring the unknown has captivated me and through my paintings I am hoping to evoke the viewers own emotional essence. It is time to unveil what is in the unknown. Hence my departure from wrapping the artwork with the gauze.
Athena Xenakis will be partaking in the upcoming exhibition on the 29th of April – 3rd of May at the Capital Canberra of Australia at the Greek Residence. An exhibition comprising 14 Greek – Australian artists presented by the Embassy of Greece in Australia to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary and the Lemnos historic connection curated by Mrs.Eva T. Dafaranos, Greek Ambassadrice.
The Artist, the work and Athena Xenakis
Veils of a cryptic message from the soul 2014
Athena’s contemporary work can be described as a re-inscription from the subconscious.
In her quest to portray a “lesser art philosophy” by intently concealing all its complications behind the gauze.
Athena’s self-confidence, clarity and unaffected mindful choices are a predominant element within all her responsive strategies.
Inspired from the intrinsic nature of life, and the human psyche.
Athena’s fundamental yearning was to explore the metaphysical world through her own physical interpretations. This was not only a process of identifying her own elicit information, thus a visual mapping. Nonetheless an emotional and spiritual revelation for the artist, whose own desire was to share her findings with an audience.
We can strongly state that the artists sophisticated methodology to painting is her own unique Modus operandi. Defining and evolving over the past nineteen years, consequently mastering a simplistic yet complex layered technique. Whilst recording and generating a new invented style for her own abstract themed declarations.
Drawing from her Greek heritage, Athena Xenakis is inherently governed by symbolism. Unfailingly featuring semi-hidden components with a cryptic spiritual or philosophical message throughout all her applications.
To complete each work Athena then covers each depiction with the “veil”. The material used (gauze) has an integral meaning to the finished painting, for it’s there to consciously activate our response towards our own psyche. To prompt our own consciousness and compose our personal fantasised interpenetrations. Leading our minds to a quiet place and other possible dimensions, with a conclusion in serving the truth behind the layers.
According to Athena’s clarifications, of every day cognizance and common ideologies the false shadows we believe in, our own masks and the body we are given on loan, essentially are all temporary and illusory.
The Preservation we all look for in the end, towards the journey back home, the adoption of the real self, the breakaway from the veils and the masks we acquire within a life time.
Sporadically leaving a slit in the gauze a ‘glimpse’. Evoking the viewer’s own perceptions beliefs and vulnerabilities. With an assertive restraint of colour choice and an evident economy of information, the imagery is there to serve the artists sincerity to the ambiguity, of ‘The mystery driven life’.
Athena’s Spartan canvases are an interlinked reference to our own dreams and subconscious’. Conceivably a direct dialogue with the greater force of life creation.
The recurring imagery of the ‘heads’ is the symbolism of life and its intelligence With this precise abstract virtuous simplistic manner Athena Xenakis has chosen to serve her Evocative, Timeless, Non-gender characters. Attempts from the art to transcend our emotions, inviting us all to be voyagers of our own inner dimensions’, bypassing the veils and the masks.
Julie Bradley 2014
From the recent exhibition at 28 Queen St Gallery woollhara 3rd of December 2014, Sydney Australia.
Artist Athena Xenakis, partner Panos Levendi, curator Maria Yiakoulis Phitidis,
Welcomed a good one hundred and thirty art patrons and guests on the opening evening.
The Prosecco, Wine and refreshments were on flow kindly sponsored by Merivale group.
The caramelised tarts, Vietnamese rolls and chicken and walnut sandwiches were followed by personalised cupcakes leaving even the biggest foodies wanting more.
From the Art Scene, Fashion Scene and Interior scene, all the art admirers were in attendance. With an eclectic group of faces and personalities everyone enjoyed the inspiring art complemented by the background music from pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto. Quietly members of parliament intermingled with the art mise en scène. Not to mention the strong Greek following whom all enjoyed the atmosphere and Art .
The honourable Greek Ambassador Mr Haris Dafaranos who kindly travelled from the capital Canberra, was amongst the guests, accompanying his wife Ms Eyvah T.Dafaranos who opened the show with her captivating poem 28 artistic veils of a cryptic message from the soul , personally created to accompany Athena’s , 28 paintings. The art work hung on the walls of the gallery with a minimalist calming effect, transmitting a sense of freshness to the whole ambience of the gallery whilst transcending the viewers to other dimensions of their own interpretations.
The opening night was a huge success considering an electric thunder storm
That occurred just as all the guest were arriving at the gallery.
A philosopher once said “learning consists of remembering previous acquired knowledge”.
Our subconscious mind has a perfect memory and is the storehouse of all our thoughts
experiences and accumulated knowledge.
Everything ive experienced and become aware of in this lifetime has been recorded in my mind and subconscious.
Remembering my past life was a natural process that involved three qualities;My desire to know.
My expectation that i was ready,willing and able to remember my past life through, meditation and decoding my dreams.
Every lifetime is a journey, where we pick up from,where we have left it.
I ‘finally understood life was the curriculum and i was here to take the lessons…through the art i would expand ,for this is what my soul was trying desperately express .
Through my search what i have discovered is that Past life memories,Karma
Reincarnation,are interlinked with the universes intelligence to guide us in expanding and reaching our true self our soul. However as complicated as all this may sound ,one thing i know for sure, is that i love coming back as an Artist.
Artist ,Visual Stylist ,Interior decorator , Color consultant, – I am an artist at heart. “Now I know, I came to this earth to share beauty of all dimensions and my talents are gifts to all who walk into my life.
Inspired by the essence of life and the human soul,my aim was to explore the metaphysical world through a visual ,emotional and spiritual journey.My paintings convey a feeling of dream-like eeriness , leading viewers to a place they can’t recognize yet feels unexpectedly familiar; this is achieved through extensive use of layering which symbolizes the many possible
incarnations a soul may have.