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Against All Odds | 2017

Barbed wire and roses. Symbols of hope and despair. I have used these motifs several times in combination with images from a Greek protest poster heralding the people power Occupy movement.

Against All Odds | 2017

Against All Odds | 2017

Mixed media screenprints and linocut on handmade banana paper.

Selected for exhibited at the 16th Lessedra World Art Print Annual Mini Print Awards, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017.

Responding to political upheavals in the world which saw the rise of the people power Occupy movement in Greece in 2011 and continues to this day.

A Colonial Sampler | 2017

A Colonial Sampler | 2017

Linocut and screen print on handmade linen paper. 18 x 18cm

Exhibited Woven Heritage, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE, 2017.

A Colonial Sampler references the embroidery samplers of colonial times, combining a repeated rose motif traditionally demonstrating a woman’s domestic skills in the house and garden.

The rose is overlaid by a barbed wire grid. This stylised red rose is also a symbol of hope and courage for those still living behind wire fences all over the world.

 

Syntagma Square, Athens | 2011

Syntagma Square, Athens | 2011

Inspiration comes in many forms. I pulled this protest poster from a lamp post in Syntagma Square where protesters were camped  outside the Greek parliament, the birth place of democracy.

With its images of police and Greek writing, it became for me a symbol of against all odds, the uprising of people as they make a stand or flee from tyranny all over the world.