CM:Blue Eyes of Irene Badolas is a painting with an emotional value for the artist, since the represented figure is her daughter, Tzeny. With this portrait, Badolas focuses on the mystery emitted by her gaze, which has often become the pole of attraction in films she has starred in as actress. An intense red color dominates the entire painting, beginning from the background and continuing on the dress and the body. The red expresses the flame of her passion for life. Out of this consuming color emerge her blue eyes, which become focal points and serve to balance the entire painting. The blue eyes emit a magic full of mystery, which is echoed by the hieroglyphs that surround the portrait. The hieroglyphs are typical of Badolas' art with reference to the enigmatic dimension and the metaphysical dynamic of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Though in Badolas' work such scriptures are based on her subconscious - as visual psychographs - nevertheless they may be read by imagination. They may as well describe the mysterious quality of the sitter in relation to her psychology, her gaze, her dress and her movement. Even the unclear object she hoists in her hand is bathed in mystery - it could be as much a flower as a handkerchief. The rough texture of the mixed media employed by Badolas endows her painting with sculpturesque volume of expressive dimension.
[Megakles Rogakos 03/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens