CM: Upon being invited to participate in The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn exhibition, Praxitelis Tzanoulinos associated that 'Lafcadio' - the name by which he is broadly known, as given to him by his mother Rosa Antoniou Kassimati - refers to whiteness, which is a typical Greek quality. Also bringing to mind the 'papier mâché' technique of the time he was studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Tzanoulinos wanted this time to experiment with Japanese paper. Thus he created a relief portrait of Lafcadio out of white paper. For the Japanese even a blank handmade paper may be considered to be art per se, just like marble for the Greeks. With his love for paper, Tzanoulinos in this case designed not with pencil but in relief with the tools of sculpture. For this purpose he chose to use his face from Lafcadio's head-to-foot archival photograph of 1891, recording the first year of his life in Japan. Lafcadio, who impresses as a man of letters, had a distinctive and unique physiognomy. He was above all a spiritual and sentimental person, but this was coupled by elegance and fineness. His face brings out a Mediterranean countenance that harmonizes with the foreign land of Asia. Especially the profile of his face reveals his penetrating gaze that observes things in depth and breaks through them, like a genuine artist.
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens