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Tracing a thread all the way to the start

Gallery Gloria in Nicosia will showcase the exhibition With Pencil and Thread by Eleni Nicodemou as of tomorrow at 7.30pm.

In this solo exhibition, Nicodemou will combine pencils, cloth and thread – three simple materials – to bring to life her latest creations. “These materials,” she said “are from the times when the first societies and laws were created. This is when the basic rules for our co-existence were set. This is when a need for communication arose and the first drawings were done on rock. These first pieces of communication depicted the world these people saw around them. They drew symbols and from symbols language was later developed and the rules of the alphabet came into play.”

It is this communication that paved the foundations for our civilisation. The need to form a social bond led us from picking fibres from the trees to making thread to sew clothes to cover our naked bodies and protect ourselves from the cold to a more complex way of weaving. In the same way rock became paper and coal became pencils. The need to hunt and provide became even less important as the need for communication began to grow.

Touching on the subject of how things have changed, Nicodemou said “all these primal needs have now become a distant memory. But sometimes times move in circles and circumstances are turned upside down. Our certainties, with just a click of the delete button, are suddenly wiped out and chaos prevails.”

Nicodemou is referring to the financial crisis of 2013 and said that everything collapsed around us overnight. Our internal calmness, our external beliefs and our fairytales all collapsed. “When you see that your fairytales no longer exist and you no longer find an escape in them, you feel the need to go back to the beginning and find the beginning of the string,” the artist said.

With this exhibition, Nicodemou takes us back to the beginning of our time. She reminds us of the words we use, she beckons us to look at the real meaning of the words we use, to learn everything from the beginning and come face to face with the child inside you who screams out that we have forgotten all these simple things.

The exhibition is separated into three sections, with a thread that joins them in the simplicity of pencils, cloth and thread. The first section is about childhood innocence. Men’s shirts and women’s skirts are where we will search to find the traces of childhood that have been left behind. The second section deals with nourishment. Food is what has united cultures from the beginning of time and they say that the memory of taste is the strongest and it lasts throughout centuries. The third section is entitled Penelope’s Veils and it was created as part of the Weaving Europe exhibition as part of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 events. The pieces in this section symbolise a Europe that searches to find a united identity.

Nicodemou studied painting and graphic arts at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a resident at the Cite Internationale des Arts from 1981 to 1984. Her work is part of various public and private collections in Greece, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Japan and the United States of America. She is the author of the book Document, which contains a number of zografo-comics commenting and graphically describing events and circumstances relating to the major explosion that destroyed the main power plant of the Republic of Cyprus during the summer of 2011.

With Pencil and Thread
Solo exhibition by Eleni Nicodemou. Opens May 24 at 7.30pm until June 24. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605



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