2021 - The plasticity of things

2021 - The plasticity of things

By Effie Panagoula

2021 - The plasticity of things


2020 was a year of major changes and major realisations for most of us and it couldn't have left our works untouched either. It was a year to remember and to hold accountable for many of the changes that are still occurring, both internally and externally. 

A bit about my artistic journey is that my work started to take a more coherent shape in the middle of 2019, during my MA photographic studies, with my very first project to be published online: Inceptive.

After this, I realised that the main subjects I wish to research and explore are mostly around the issues of our own existence, our senses and feelings. It all came to me after the need to understand my own self and the others around me.

How do we come to this life and how can our senses teach us and guide us to this journey called life?

I can understand that these are sensitive and maybe not so "tangible" themes to work around. At the moment, these are the themes I am mostly drawn to and to be honest in these themes I feel more like myself than in any other. 

An artistic practise is a big journey which will never ever reach a certain or finale destination, and this was one of the biggest realisations coming from our beloved year of 2020. It was a realisation that allowed me to leave behind any kind of expectation for final results, for final and concrete ideas. I try to focus on the journey, although not always in a successful way and not always with a light heart.

But I believe that as long as we allow ourselves to dive into the process of things, of absorbing the essence of experimenting, we can make ourselves a bit more mutable each time; at the end, the road will seem and feel softer, lighter, and with more meaning. 

  I feel that it is a whole wide world of connecting the dots of everyday encounters, thoughts and sensations that make one's work, which will never take a real final shape; and I guess that's the beauty of it all. 




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