CM: Praxitelis Tzanoulinos' Eleni immortalizes the girl who posed for the artist in his workshop of Athens. In Tzanoulinos' archives is still preserved a group of sketches with pencil and ink from peripheral studies of the model's bust, which helped his work in clay. The sculpture is characterized by an expression of free execution that was inspired the same model. The eyes that perceive infinity from afar gave Tzanoulinos the impetus to observe and render elegantly the vital tilt that the bust performs in space. Though the present work forms part of Tzanoulinos' portraits, Eleni in particular has a greater freedom of expression, with the passage from one level to another being more natural than is the case in commissioned portraiture. Tzanoulinos made Eleni with an intention to interpret the light and shadow, in order to create a plastic entity. The sculptural surface is characterized by the feeling of uniformity - the figure is shaped in such a way that flows from surface to surface without interruptions. Herewith the sculptor gives a freer interpretation of form. The light and shadow envelops the entire work. Tzanoulinos created Eleni directly with the fingers and the palm of his hands. His purpose was not to depict various views of the person, but as he says: "I tried to feel the direction successive levels take inside the space".
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens