Origins - (2019) text by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou archaeologist-architect, contemporary art critic and curatorMarine animals and specifically –on this occasion– seashells,... Read More
Origins - (2019)
text by Dr. Kostas Prapoglou
art critic and curator
Marine animals and specifically –on this occasion– seashells, imperatively partake in the visual language of Evi Savvaidi. Origins (2019) is a 10cm high structure inspired by the shape and patterns of seashells. The artist chooses to incorporate them as vital components in her sculpture giving the impression of a paradoxical fossilized formation that could have easily been some mysterious object in a museum’s public display. For Savvaidi, the seashell is a metaphorical vessel that conveys aspects of the life cycle and symbiosis. While she simultaneously poses questions on movement and migration, she also considers the relationship between humans and the natural environment. It impregnates a commentary not just on the urban backdrop of our location and its modification since ancient times but also on the endless exploitation of nature throughout the centuries with a catastrophic effect on its ecosystems led by fast-growing urban communities. Recalling Derrida's concept of hauntology, Origins (2019) absorbs the replaced presence of being with its void equal in tandem with the origins of history and identity. The parabolical quality of Savvaidi’s sculpture becomes a tool for unveiling a parallel reality. It nestles among the viewer and the encircling habitat and acts as a pylon channeling a powerful interconnection and interdependence.