LC: ACG - Office of Vice President for European & Regional Engagement
CM: Sofia Touboura creates spontaneous expresionistic painting of industrial colors, post-baroque sculpture of polyurethane, and joyous constructions of naylon bags and perspex. Her works are characterized by an almost odd relationship between material and plastic result, cold expressive means and intensely emotional expressive content. As materials she chooses typical products of industrial culture, digital technology and found synthetic material. She uses despised material, of which she is interested to bring out a fine quality. She renegotiates materials aiming to underline the sense of beauty inherent in things, which is so easily overlooked. Her compositions are characterized by vivid color in excess, chosen rather automatically to express her living relationship with them than to make an aesthetic or cerebral statement. Touboura has written for her art that: "the composition functions as an expression and refelection of as much the disparate relationship of the urban landscape with the natural environment, the digital and 'plastic' lifestyle with the longitudinal human emotional situations, as the request to restore the harmony between them".
Touboura was impressed by Lafcadio Hearn's whole course of his life, which covered half the globe in order to settle in Japan. The present work is inspired by his Japanese name, Yakumo Koizumi, which loosely translated means the place where the clouds are born. Thus she provides an abstract representation of such 'topos'. The composition came into being subconsciously. On the background immerses softly Frederick Gutekunst';s photograph of Lafcadio as a Western-style iconostasis adorned with chrysanthemums as symbols of Japan. The entire three-dimensional construction refers to a celestial motion. For this project Touboura chose to use light colors in her attempt to capture the sense of the immaterial.
[Megakles Rogakos 11/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens