CM: This mixed media artwork by Yiorgos Tserionis is from a series of portraits entitled Happy Days. Herewith human faces are covered by symbols relating to the eternal cycle of life, just as in Samuel Becket's Happy Days the actors drown to their very neck within time, which concentrates around them. Tserionis' Happy Days comments on time, which encapsulates us. Some of this work's symbols can be interpreted instinctively. Thus the deer symbolizes the unprotected soul, a little skull alludes to vanity, the flame represents inner light; the scissors reference the difficulty of communication, and the ducklin-toy is emblematic of the child's carefree life. There are also narrative elements, such as the graphic balloon which supposedly contains phrases and a bird which is surrounded by a dotted outline which suggests the composition's deconstruction. As a rule, Tserionis works in stages, first in the form of collages with real pictures from magazines and, after arriving at an interesting composition, he paints his work on a large scale. Moreover, he prefers to reduce his palette to monochromy because it serves the meaningfulness of the composition. Tserionis says about his work: "Imagine someone driving at great speed down a road flanked by billboards, of which he eventually remembers only the pictures he has already retained in his subconscious."
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens