Eudaimonia (Greek for happiness), is an installation that consists of a series of works, kaleidoscopic motifs created and printed on velvet fabric upholstered on bourgeois period furniture, prints on archival photo paper as well as a satin fabric made for a dress titled Animalia. The source material used for the creation of the art works was stirred from pornographic advertisements (leading on sex web sites and photos) popping up while surfing on the internet, with no fire wall protection installed and searching on a variety of subjects that did not include the word sex on the search.
The works explore the theme of pornography as a metaphor for censorship, authority and privacy and the constant pursuit of longing, in the realm of the internet where the limits between the public and private collide with each other. The prints are inspired by fractal geometry, Islamic art and M.C. Escher’s studies of various motifs. Eudamonia plays with the idea of the original and the copy, with pop art and the preoccupations of the 1960’s, as well as optical art and the appropriation of the 1970’s. Aesthetically the series is a sort of digital Baroque, elevating the cheap and the marginal into the sublime, the private into the public, the virtual into the real.
Part of the EUDAIMONIA series was exhibited as an in situ installation at the Athens Imperial Hotel in Athens (25-29/4/2007) and the Macedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki (16-25/3/2007) as part of the UNFAIR ’07 programme of visual arts events (KAPPATOS Rooms).