Vana Fertaki

Little Threats

10 Oct – 9 Nov 2019 Athens CURATED BY Efi Michalarou

I first met Vana Fertaki a few yers ago, on the occasion of a show I was curating, and we have collaborated a couple of times ever since.Each time she invites me to present her work, I know I will be surprised… and that’s because she works colors and design, composition, surfaces and sizes with tremendous intensity. More precisely, she works obsessively and meticulously in a street artist’s way, the canvas being her wall.

Corno Portafortuna, 100 x 70 cm, varnish and oil on canvas, 2019

Corno Portafortuna,
100 x 70 cm,
varnish and oil on canvas,
2019

The element of her artistic style which first attracted me, and still does, is that it keeps being a mixture of rage, love and hatred, hope and pessimism, seeming a voluptuous, insatiable endless journey…

Creation of Something, 40 x 40 cm, acrylics and varnish on canvas, 2019

Creation of Something,
40 x 40 cm,
acrylics and varnish on canvas,
2019

Colors, forms, meanings, senses, desires, being diffused on the canvas, emerge through conscious mental composition by which the artist places her shapes in an almost worshipping way, mixing free hand drawing with strict geometry, white and black with all other colors.

Creation of Something 2, 100 x 100 cm, acrylics and varnish on canvas, 2019

Creation of Something 2,
100 x 100 cm,
acrylics and varnish on canvas,
2019

Deeply preoccupied by composition and color, she works methodically and systematically on seemingly flat colored surfaces creating, in the end, through tremendous dexterity, her own personal space, including an array of games, connections and perspectives.

Expecting Betelgeuse, 70 x 100 cm, varnish and oil on canvas, 2019

Expecting Betelgeuse,
70 x 100 cm,
varnish and oil on canvas,
2019

Perspectives leading to a depth of field so intense and successful, just like in photography, simultaneously creating the sensation of 3D effect, where circles and broken lines form an absolutely personal universe, where religious and metaphysical symbols and concerns, assisted by pop art colors and the artist’s personal sense of humour, but also the way she handles them, she repositions and redifines them, composing her own cartoon planet.

Invasion, 40 x 40 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

Invasion,
40 x 40 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

That is where they are dematerialized, purified, they become contemporary and are being transformed through personal mythology to collective symbology.

Les protecteurs, 200 x 160 cm, varnish and oil on canvas, 2019

Les protecteurs,
200 x 160 cm,
varnish and oil on canvas,
2019

Orion, d 45 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

Orion,
d 45 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

Reflection of Something, 80 x 60 cm, acrylics and varnish on canvas, 2019

Reflection of Something,
80 x 60 cm,
acrylics and varnish on canvas,
2019

Space, 40 x 40 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

Space,
40 x 40 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

Space with Ghost, 80 x 60 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

Space with Ghost,
80 x 60 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

The Arrival, 100 x 70 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

The Arrival,
100 x 70 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

The Dog Star, 50 x 100 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

The Dog Star,
50 x 100 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

The Dog Star 2, 100 x 70 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

The Dog Star 2,
100 x 70 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

Untitled, 20 x 61cm, acrylics and varnish on canvas, 2019

Untitled,
20 x 61cm,
acrylics and varnish on canvas,
2019

Untitled, 30 x 30 cm, acrylics and oil on canvas, 2019

Untitled,
30 x 30 cm,
acrylics and oil on canvas,
2019

Untitled, 80 x 60 cm, varnish and oil on canvas 2016

Untitled,
80 x 60 cm,
varnish and oil on canvas 2016

Untitled, d 30 cm, varnish and on canvas, 2018

Untitled,
d 30 cm,
varnish and on canvas,
2018

Untitled, d 40 x d 49.5 cm, varnish and oil on canvas, 2019

Untitled,
d 40 x d 49.5 cm,
varnish and oil on canvas,
2019