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Dawn follows dawn and nights grow old and all the while this curious cat Lies couching on the chinese mat with eyes of satin rimmed with gold, … Read More
Dawn follows dawn and nights grow old and all the while this curious cat Lies couching on the chinese mat with eyes of satin rimmed with gold, Upon the mat she lies and leers and on the tawny throat of her Flutters the soft and silky fur or ripples to her pointed ears. Oscar Wilde, “Sphinx”, 1894 “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?” to the Sphinx’s world. The Sphinx, who, according to the Greek mythology, had put the riddle above, was half a woman and half an animal (with the head and the breast of a woman and the body of a lion and a bird). What did her riddle above refer to? It had only one answer; in case someone was giving the wrong one, her/his life ended. And the answer was the human being, woman or man. Marianna Ignataki’s exhibition is also a riddle. Her drawings could possibly give you its answer, but certainly not the easy way. Look at them more than twice. Check what they have to say. They produce their own enigmas, but their own answers, as well. There seems to be no way out, no other choice, but to face them. Who are all these creatures? They seem to fall into weird erotic embraces with themselves or their Siamese parts; their hectic flesh shines and pulses like crazy. They are imprisoned into a breathless effort to flow into selfcontained spaces. These creatures stand alone -or not- always into a blank claustrophobic place, in the dead-end of their own randy souls. Although Marianna Ignataki’s drawings could easily be the images of a glossy lifestyle magazine, lost in their ambiguous fantasies and their narcissistic naiveté, it is obvious that this is not our case here. These drawings, smoothly designed through a purification creative process, look so beautiful, yet they are too dark. We face the idea of a fleshy eroticism, of a spooky lust, hidden behind the mask of beauty. And there also lies the riddle of those sphinx-like creatures, an enigma whose answer is hiding just under our nose: the sphinx is nothing else but the human soul. Areti Leopoulou Art historian-Curator of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki March 2011 Read Less
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untitled, 2010, 162x115cm, color pencils on paper

untitled, 2010, 90x141cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2011, 70x150cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 163x141cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 57x77cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 77x57cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 80x114cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 76x57cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2011, 114x85cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2011, 57x77cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2011, 57x77cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 57x77cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 57x62cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2011, 89x77cm, color pencils on paper
left: untitled, 2010, 25x38cm, color pencils on paper
right: untitled, 2010,  28x40cm, color pencils on paper
untitled, 2010, 92x114cm, color pencils on paper