Alexis Avlamis
A History of emotionsCosmic UnityEncaustics
In search of a UtopiaWaxworks2010-2013Rising citiesPhantasmagoria SeriesUtopian CommunityMosaics
Paintings 2004

Through improvisation, intuition and by tapping into a stream of consciousness, I construct "landscapes of the mind" aiming at a Cosmic Unity, where everything, existent and fabricated, is connected.

The series "Cosmic Unity" came from an intrinsic need to unite the complexities of the world and the intricate forces that shape it. The interrelation of world myths (outer space, digital age, architecture, Eastern and Western civilizations, aerial views, geometry, flora and fauna, patterns, repetition, obsession, symbols, numbers and texts), they all feed my process.

The use of black color as a background, emerged from a fascination for Kandisky's early works painted on a dark canvas, who was influenced by Bavaria's local folk art. I sought to create a sense of drama, helping bright colors to stand out as seen in folk art and embroideries. Black is nothingness without possibility, an eternal silence without hope, and corresponds with death. For my practice, the presence of black carries a significant message: it is evocative of the cosmos as well as the darkness at the end of life. Going against it though, hope rises from within the canvas, as bright light, as instant flashes reminiscent of a fabricated universe in constant motion and change. Imaginary map-like places, where the viewers can project their own free associations of ideas and experiences, welcoming them to explore, recognize, connect and elaborate on the puzzling pieces of the whole.

My drive is to create symbiotic relationships between the various elements that appear on the canvas and impart a state of a Jungian wholeness: A state in which consciousness and the unconscious mind, work together in harmony. When all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole.

The result is suggestive: a cluster of various microcosms inviting the viewer to explore both the parts of the whole, as well as the sum of the parts.