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By the photographic compositions of Maria Alexea the reconstructed fragments of the real world constitute a peculiar hyper-reality emitting the timeless spirit of an idealised Hellas. Being the Director, choreographer and Photographer of her own self, the artist sinks into a process of the art creation, experiencing thus all stages in succession of the unification of the art and life.

The archeological sites of Greece are transformed into an imaginary theatrical scene. They accommodate the dance of Alexea, which is captured by the photographic camera, which herself determines to mount at selected spaces and moments, planning the taking of Photographs.

Like a contemporary Isadora Duncan Alexea employs in Rhythm and Freedom her body language beneath the toughness of a Greek Sun, which traces with clarity all curved lines. The ancient ruins and the natural environment she chooses, inspire her, leading her choreographic conceptual imagination to unfold further through improvisation.

In an absolute Harmony and Dialogue with the surrounding the artist dressed most of the times in a white tunic, barefoot or with sandals is perpetually transforming herself.

She embodies Natural Forces, Greek Gods, Goddesses and Nymphs. The repertoire is rich, something that the titles of the works reveal, enclosing among others Wind and Fire, Prometheus, Icarus, Zephyrus, North wind, Diana, Aphrodite, Hermes and Dryads.

The narrative with permanent allusion to the Greek Myths, through metaphors and personification rendered to an Allegory. Symbols most of the times, fragments of the Greek earth contribute to the decoding of the title Roles.

The transparent robe that the artist waves becomes not only a structural device but serves as an interpretative tool as well. Swirling by the wind together with the corresponding movements of the dancing body the robe makes up ethereal complexions like paintings with one stroke of the brush in the air, which in turn mingles organically and becomes finally one with the white Rocks and clouds or magically transforms into divine Winds. Aiming the transcendence of the finite of the human nature Alexea dances on tiptoe on the verge of extreme and dangerous circumstances.

She challenges bodily and existentially her limitations. Therefore, apart from being the protagonist, she becomes also an observer and detective of her own “transformed” Ego, insinuating herself into a strenuous trip of self-knowledge.

The photographs of the living experiences and  the lonely wanderings through the pathways of time are transmuted into a raw material, which the artist elaborates further with the help of Computer in order to arrive to the final artistic result

The World which she with assiduity composed, is now decomposed for the purpose of a Re-Synthesis of its fragments in a new imaginary story filled with astonishment and unexpected transpositions.

Alexea breaks to pieces and reconstructs Photographic documents in order to create with the help of the electronic device plastic images that embroil Reality with its resemblance. Parts of different places, points and moments mingle harmoniously in one Composition creating hyper real spaces, which purposively appear most of the time absolute real.

The unrealistic element is sometimes apparent.  It is manifested mostly through the symbolic flying apparition of Maria Alexea as some kind of anthropomorphic  “divine being”.

These photo-collages invoke the suspicion to the viewer whether the artist plays with the visual perception, aiming somehow to delude mind and eye. Doubts drive the viewer to wander optically throughout the works, to dive into the hyper real places of the historical memory so that he can ascertain at last  the truth or lie.

The Works of Maria Alexea underline by their structure, the hidden Geometry, which governs nature, and at the same time recall through associations the Pythagorean musical Harmony of the Universe.

The process, which the artist follows- the process of creation, destruction, reconstruction – semantically refers to the philosophical conception of Heraclitus ,to the perpetual Cycle of Life, Birth, Death and Rebirth.

The reconstructed fragments of the living experiences compose an illusionary configured wholeness praising the Cosmic Equilibrium existing within ceaseless motion.

Bia Papadopoulou

Art Historian and critic

Athens

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