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Weaves on my Skin and more art by Yiannis Christakos

Weaves on my Skin , 2016
60 x 80 cm (h x w)
Pencils
Embroidery
Cotton Thread on Canvas

Very often, the thread runs through my painting practice, both morphologically and conceptually. A thread, sometimes thin and invisible, sometimes intense, being knit and wrapped like a net between shapes and maps, embracing and playing with them, interacting or most often conflicting with them. Like silent women, counting their loneliness and their losses by embroidering with silk thread, while sitting behind a window at dusk. The tacit thought, the conversation with themselves, with their long-lasting memories, not just their own, but also the collective memory of their generation or race, going back to the centuries. Memory that often hurts.
The thread, like the one that the Fates spun, or like the one that Ariadne gave to Theseus to find the way out to salvation, in the ancient Greek myths.
The thread, as an umbilical cord, connects memory with history. Personally, the thread connects me with my mother and her mother, who sewed constantly in our house. The thread, for me, being a child and grandson of seamstresses, binds me with my childhood.

Yiannis Christakos is an academic and a practicing artist. He is an assistant Professor of Art and Art Pedagogy at The University of Ioannina. He holds a PhD and an MA in Fine Arts, (both from The University of East London), a BA in Fine Arts, (The Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki) and a BA in Graphic Arts, (Technological University of Athens). Between 2000 and 2002 he worked as adjunct lecturer at the University of East London. From 2009 to 2014 he had been giving seminars about Greek Painting in a study abroad program organized by The Wayne State College, Nebraska State College, U.S.A. He has an international art carrier. He has exhibited in 16 solo exhibitions including C&C Gallery, London, (2014, 2019), Gallery K-London, (2004), Greengate Gallery, London, (2001), Gallery K-Nikosia, (2003), Gallery Gazon Rouse, Athens, (2005), ArtWall Gallery, Athens, (2015) etc. He has exhibited his work in more than a 100 group shows. His work can be found in a number of public and private collections in Greece, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Cyprus and USA. He has published articles in Arts Theory and articles in Art and Pedagogy.

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