Linda Kourkoulis

"Garden of Eden II", etching & aquatint, silkscreen, image: 16x84 inches, paper: 28x90 inches, 2011 “Shells, Clouds”
But everything went wrong for me and upside down,
the nature of things was reborn for me. -George Seferis Seeking equilibrium is one of the laws that govern nature. This search readily lends itself as metaphor to human striving for balance. Lately I have been interested in the forms of marine life that are able to achieve homeostasis under the starkest of life sustaining conditions, having always been drawn to the sea for its therapeutic influence on the mind and body, its beauty, power and potential. The word for sea in Greek is the ancient thalassa, a word that not only signifies, but also describes the sound the sea makes, like tracing the rhythm of the breath. Through my land and seascape inspired iconic 'maps' I am looking to distill the landscape into visual elements that essentially characterize and codify the experience of being in a particular place and the influence of environment on the human psyche. The printing process affords an ideal way to express the continuum of time built up in layers, recording residual memories that are guided by historical accounts and traditional tales, recounted graphically in my silkscreen prints, lithographs and etchings.

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