"3,14",papercut installation, 2018.
Theano is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, illustration, collage, and sculptural installation. Her works are inspired by natural forms, found objects and urban life. She was born, lives, works in Thessaloniki, where she also studied Fine Arts. Part of a growing series of paper sculptures, Theano’s new work 3,14 explores her personal relationship with and experience of her home city Thessaloniki. The paper cut installation acts as a physical threshold, inviting the viewer to interact and move through it revealing a fragile, yet fluid structure, and representing an endlessly complex, and unknowable urban sprawl. Using a reoccurring pattern, the artwork forms an archway mimicking the city’s position at the gateway to Europe. Mathematically puzzling in structure, for the artist 3,14 is essentially unfinished. The symbol of ∏ as the infinite and ‘irrational number’, visually depicting an arch, holds special significance to the installation.
3,14 is part of the group exhibition "Thresholds", organised by Gonzo Unit.
Taking the exhibition’s location, Thessaloniki, as an entry point, the term ‘thresholds’ has special significance. Situated at the gateway to Europe; in the region of Central Macedonia, it is a site of a rich shared history, with the Balkans to the north and Turkey towards the east. Today Greece is an arrival site for thousands of migrants and refugees, who enter the country via the Mediterranean sea and are unable to continue their journeys across the Balkans border. A threshold is primarily defined as a doorway; it marks a point of departure, and at its most positive, an opening to the possibilities of a new beginning. Yet in its physical state we are reminded that it remains an in-between place, both a link and a separator. Who can pass through a ‘threshold’ is heavily policed and politicised, both on a macro scale in terms of national border control, where, across the globe, borders continue to have an enduring yet permeable presence; and on a micro level the control and separation of bodies is invisibly embedded within our everyday public spaces, institutions, and systems.
Exhibition: 9 – 23 June
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