“The human mind is so complex that frequently becomes an inexplicable sense, leaving us to try and find our way in its unending maze. Everything that we know and consider as facts end up to be subjective and all we have as data in our life is the continuous change. Anything we perceive surely in the end we question finding in our every step that nothing is ultimate but everything derives from the personal perspective that anyone faces reality. Or at least this is what I believe.”
Putting all these in the field of the art that she produces, Katerina Stavrou concludes that no explanation will ever be enough. Words won’t be enough to cover the gap between each human’s perceptions so she lets her paintings talk to the viewer on their own with their painterly language, movement and colour.
Stavrou believes her purpose as an artist is to share all the hidden values she has with the best way of expression she owns. As the philosopher Leon Tolstoy said: “There is no real pleasure, except that gives creativity. Either someone makes pencils, or boots, or bread, or children. Without creation, there is no true pleasure.” And even bigger the pleasure is when the creations that come from her soul, touches in a unique way others souls.
Moreover Stavrou believes that we came up to a point in society that we are imbued from our first steps until our last breath with rules that we follow in a hypnotic state. Therefore if there is one thing she would like to spread through her work is the need she feels we have to get away from this pressure from a system we did not choose to follow but never had the choice to avoid. Thus it appears useless to give guiding lines to the observer, even through titles, to understand her paintings, but she desires to build enigmas and develop the great possibilities that human spirit has and play games with its imagination. Stavrou aims to give the chance to everyone that stands before her work to travel with their mind to places in their soul that reality cannot touch. For her one of the most important elements of human nature is the power of thought that frequently opposes with the possibility of emotions. Something she adores to combine in her creations.
2011 BA Hons, Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
2009 Salford Foundation & First Year in Visual Arts Diploma