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Dynami and more art by Maria Karametou

Dynami , 2020
9 x 15 inch (h x w)
Mixed Media Textile

Created in response to the recent events that have impacted our lives, “Dynami,” the Greek word for strength, speaks to resilience in the face of adversity, with the small boat on the upper right signifying hope for a better future. This mixed media work is made entirely from discarded items (such as fabric strips, broken jewelry, and objects I have found during my solitary walks.) I gather up my pieces, put on my protective equipment (actual or internal), and keep moving.

Maria Karametou is a mixed media artist, writer, and professor with an international exhibition record that includes: the Ludwig Museum for International Art, Aachen, Germany; the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; the National Museum of Women, Washington, D.C.; the National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Apartman Projesi, Istanbul Turkey; Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece; Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany; A. Taki Gallery Istanbul, Turkey; Asian ArtWorks, Beijing, China; Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, among many others. In the U.S. her work has been shown at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Holter Museum, Montana; The Baltimore Museum; The North Dakota Museum; The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Montana Museum; The Danville Museum (VA); The Portsmouth Museum (VA); The Harper Collins Gallery, New York, N.Y; The John Elder Gallery, New York, N.Y.; The Shiva Gallery, New York, N.Y.; among numerous others. Karametou has also exhibited extensively in the Washington D.C. area where she lives and has participated in many international collaborative projects including the “Penelopeia,” sponsored by the Greek Presidency of the European Union. Her work is in permanent collections worldwide, including The Vorres Museum, Athens, Greece; the Baltimore Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece; The Inova Hospital Group, McLean, VA; the Freddie Mac Corporation; etc. Karametou is the recipient of many awards such as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, the First Prize in the Maryland Biennial, and Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. She holds the BA from the University of Maryland (cum laude), and the MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where she studied with renowned artists Grace Hartigan and Salvatore Scarpitta. Karametou is a professor at the School of Art, George Mason University, where she directs the Drawing Division.

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