THE COLORS OF CALMNESS
Art, and especially painting, is a writing that stems from the artist’s inner world. It’s an expression of mind and soul according with his experiences, memories and distant expectations, denatured in gesture, colors, composition and economy of space. No one else than him can penetrate into the white canvas and manage to fill the vacuum carried off with almost automatic, orchestrating and direct movements, using the time that he defines and arranges passing over the image multiple times in order to give the final and ideal form he has inside him.
Therefore, Eleni Sameli Varouxakis in her solo exhibition at the Tsichritzis Foundation owning to a great collector and benefactor in Kifissia, brings with her a world of shapes and colors of her own design and personal aesthetics. Her works are original, personal, unaffected. Some experts speak of impressionist achievements. In her paintings the light changes around her boats into the sea and the sky, creating shades and highlights in basic tones of blue, brown and white. Her touch comes out of a spatula (palette knife) with power and determination. It’s not a stroke but a “touche”, a touch of color on the canvas. Her theme is deliberately simplified, the boats come out of a fairytale, proud and straight through the waves, ignoring the foaming wave that exists to glorify the color. Meanwhile they embrace the wind, the brotherhood, the passion and utopia.
Vessels in the foreground, vertical and dense lines in the depth of the horizon as a fleet along the way, ready for a forward meeting, moving in a quieter atmosphere without tension.
Harmony and tranquility come out of all the works of Eleni Sameli Varouxakis, either in seascapes or flowers and starfish, even in hearts in a colorful festive environment. Every theme is good when color “sings” in it. Until her last flowers became fireworks breaking the contours. Her works don’t arrive at expressionist condensation because she keeps the measure of Greek view and the sense of tranquility, mental serenity and philosophical attractivity. Values that have taught us and remain in the memory of all Hellenes throughout the ages of Epichtetus, Epicurus, and their disciples. Life attitude and ways that have sustained us through many turbulences and upheavals, and made us to succeed in continuing to exist till the new generation that Eleni represents today.
As she believes, there is harmony, peace of soul in nature and life, and that’s what she wants to express in her paintings. So, as the stoic philosophers believed the same and they did schools to teach it as a way of life, why not to be glad to see this tradition live to a new artist today ?
Let’s give attention to Eleni’s world because it expresses us all, at least in our happy moments. The search for happiness is the right of all, and if art manages to bring it to us, we do not close our eyes. We are made to accept it as a piece of music played by wonderful instruments. It is certain that as a whole, the works of our new painter introduce us to a world full of harmonious balances, happy moments and pleasant memories.
Emmy Varouxaki, Historian of Arts
“PEOPLE ARE CHANGING FAST, WE ARE DRUNK BY COLOR AND BY THE SUN.” A.DERAIN
If I talk about Eleni’s work, I have to refer to the “movement” or rather to a rain of movements, a violent gesture rather than a gentle gesture on the canvas, rythmic, musical, repetitive. Looking at her references to the history of painting, one discerns a triple inheritance. First, the expressionism that is depicted in the lively and wiry style of the pinball and in this element of improvisation that characterizes action painting. But even in the fractal structure of the project in a non-chaotic but structured effect. Secondly, one discovers the element of Impressionism. The artist wants to portray not just the landscape but the sense that it creates. The sunny scenes, the brilliant shimmering seascapes with the bold pinnacles reminiscent of Boudin landscapes but in a particular pastel pallet. Also as well as a genuine abstract painter, she is not interested in the closely recognizable world. In her works there is a reference to Nature, an occasion for research in the composition. The line, color and forms have autonomous voice and power that helps to bypass the literal perception of the world and enter the Unconscious. Finally, Eleni Sameli Varouxakis, indifferent to any kind of accurate depiction, draws above all her inner landscapes in her own way, where the subject serves the gesture and not the opposite. A lot of news for reflection moves into a space-time capsule in constant refreshment.
Rania Kapeliari, Visual artist