Daphne Anastassiou – Statements of the Artist
At different stages of my life, painting beckoned and invited me to venture into its magical world without boundaries.
My source of inspiration is silence… the Universe. The Universe speaks to me by means of silence.
Throughout my work, occurs an encounter with feminine energy that embraces me, nourishes me and guides me.
Colours flow and emanate freely from within. To paint is a process of meditation, a space in time that is infinitely free where I surrender, play and build my work.
Today I open myself to be able to share the experiences that flow from the depths of my being.
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We are channels of the Universe… children, women, men, groups and multitudes that are all interconnected, experiencing this dream, this dance, in their diverse dimensions.
Color and light invite us to feel them and discover their illuminating power, their healing power.
All my work is an invitation to let ourselves to flow, to awaken our conscience and move beyond the structure of the mind. To make contact with our feelings and to travel towards our divine essence. An invitation to transcend from this illusionary adventure into another more conscious of the fulfillment and infinity of the spirit.
The techniques that I have been using are mostly spontaneous, where my principal guide is what I feel, what arises and orients me during the creative process. My curiosity has also opened paths for me by experimenting with different procedures.
I have experienced by painting on various sizes and surfaces, such as papyrus, different kinds of textiles, wood or acrylic panels, seeking fragments of the mystery that hides behind each work.
My creations are made using different mediums, such as acrylic paint, pastel, oils, and with them I use different instruments to apply the material, which may be brushes, spatulas, pieces of cloth or sponges, even my hands, which for a long time were my only working tools.
I work with acrylics to prepare the surface and then enjoy the attributes of oil paint to venture into the world that reveals itself before my eyes. I develop an artifice with the successive layers that I need to give my limitless scenarios their depth and consistency
The line of the pencil mark over these surfaces liberates my movement and permits me to unite the universes of my work in their diverse dimensions.
Santiago, Chile, 2009