KANAGINI Niki (1933-2008) “Manuscript or Woman and Tree”, 1980

Manuscript or Woman and Tree (1980)

Kanagini began her career in pure abstraction, but quickly abandoned that sensibility. Using the most heteroclectic materials – concrete, clay, leather, metal, glass, chalk, rope, thread, pieces from old used appliances, as well as the occasional museum reproduction – she transforms ordinary life into an artistic event. She creates three-dimensional landscapes in which the painting is combined with objects accompanying the picture. Her symbolic realist style results from her need to express her opposition to the degradation of daily life and her demand to improve its quality. She even deals with writing as a means by which to capture and record human thought, a concern expressed in her `manuscript` series that in form reference Byzantine and Turkish manuscripts