CM: Lafcadio Hearn impresses Lena Dimova for his poetical intelligence. As Lafcadio's work is world legacy, Dimova preferred to avoid naturalistic portraiture and decided to represent him in the style of a hero. She used as model of the famous bust of him created by Spiros Katapodis (1933-1998) in 1989 that emits a sense of the monumental and heroic. In her own version , Dimova wanted to see the entire figure of Lafcadio in blue and white hues, as he was born in Greece. The red sun of the East that stands in front of him makes the clouds on the blue sky yellow with reference to Japan. Opposite Lafcadio appears the edge of a peninsula of Lefkada Island, presenting a church with a cross surrounded by trees. Painted blurred without bright colors the land may pass as cloud. Before the sun crosses a characteristic cloud forming the map of Japan. Under the unclear point where the sky turns to become sea, the blue vaguely attains the texture of waves. Dimova represents the red sun of the Japanese flag as a symbol that is undying but is kept alive, just like Lafcadio remains immortal in our memories.
[Megakles Rogakos 03/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens