MT: mixed media: charcoal, chalk and graphite on Ingres paper and special reflective paper 2x(85x60)
TX: inscribed with chalk at upper left of picture in English in reverse <MOON REFLECTIONS>, at right normally <I believed in your illusions>, at lower right in pencil <30-8-2004 [English and Greek] Alkistis / Michaelidou>, at rear upper left in reverse <I bought your illusions>, at right <MOON REFLECTIONS>, at lower right with pencil <[Greek] to 25-03-2005>
CM: The present work of Alkistis Michaelidou is double-sided and suspended in space. Both sides depict a ba sin on the horizon of a floor. On the one side the basin is ready to receive water, while on the other side it is overturn ed . In the center of the first picture a drop frozen in time refesr as much to life as to death. The two condition s of the bas in symbolize the concepts of accept ing life and death, the baptism, catharsis, the purification. Michaelidou us es special reflective paper on both pictures' background in order for the work to incorporate the environment and include the audience. The idea of multidimensional reflecti on is owed to Ernst Gombrich, who proposed addressing the image not only empirically, but also emotionally, in its magical capacity. This is perhaps where the essence of the work lies - to accept the dimensions of life beyond our understanding, the acceptance of the 'other' away from ourselves. On the background of the first picture she inscribed in English "I bought your illusions", and in reverse writing "MOON REFLECTIONS", while on the second picture the same words are reflected in reverse as if the writing emerges from the other side of the mirror. The two sides of the mirror evokes this work's role as verge between reality and utopia, meteriality and spirituality, life and death. The phrase "MOON REFLECTIONS" hints at an oblique reference to the posthumous fame of Lafcadio Hearn (L.H.). The ambiguous phrase "I bought your illusions" refers to the acceptance of 'otherness'. Moon Reflections is dedicated to L.H., the author who chose to leave the West to experience the East. Firmly founded on Western culture Lafcadio became interested in and embraced Japanese tradition. Michaelidou offers the following thoughts: "The mirror to society, the acceptance of life with all its contradictions, the expansion of Space (life and soul), the coincidence of contrasts at a given moment that makes time freeze and sets forth in space L.H.'s thoughtful illusion of motion and duration in life and society - a strong message of reconciliation and coexistence of complementary opposites."
It is worth mentioning that Alkistis Michaelidou's Moon Reflections: Homage to L.H. was chosen to adorn the cover of Eleni Ladia's novel entitled Charis.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]
LADIA, ELENI Charis 2009 Hestia, Athens [Greek]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens