Daphne Anastassiou – Statements of the Artist
At different stages of my life, painting beckons and invites me to venture into its magical world without boundaries. My source of inspiration is silence. The Universe speaks to me through silence.
I view creating art as an invitation to make contact with my feelings and to travel spiritually towards a divine essence. To paint I go through a process of meditation, reaching for a space in time that is infinitely free, where I surrender, create and build my work. Color and light invite me to discover their illuminating and healing powers.
My process is spontaneous where my principal guide is what I feel, what arises and guides me during the creative process. My personal curiosity has also opened paths for me to experiment with different procedures. I paint various sizes and on a range of surfaces, such as papyrus, different kinds of textiles, wood or acrylic panels. Using pencil mark over these surfaces liberates my movements and permits me to unite the diverse dimensions of my work. 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.
In making art, I seek the fragments of mystery which hide behind each work. My creations are made using different media, 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.