A new solo exhibition of works is coming to the Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum in Nicosia, exploring the notion of being sessile. Illustrator and printmaker Simone Philippou explores the relationship between humans and the natural world through the study of archaeological artefacts and plant life. She creates visual hybrids of objects and plant seedling studies, stimulating the viewer’s botanical mind.
Opening on June 17 and running until July 28, the exhibition pays homage to nature and celebrates its quiet yet abiding power. On display is a collection of drawings and original stone lithographs, taking the viewer through the slow process of printmaking. Its title ‘sessile’ requires further explanation. “To be sessile,” says the artist, “is to be in a state of a permanent fixture to a place without the ability to move about. This lack of movement should not be confused with a lack of subjectivity in plants.”
Simone’s showcase is the first in a new series of exhibitions and tributes that the museum will hold focusing on contemporary printmakers. The series aims to highlight the new voices of printmaking on the island and the international scene. These exhibitions will be held in the upper level of the museum.
On July 1 an informal artist talk will take place in the museum’s garden with Simone discussing her work, the exhibited pieces and all things printmaking.
Solo printmaking exhibition by Simone Philippou. June 17 – July 28. Hambis Municipal Printmaking Museum, Nicosia. Opening night at 8pm. Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Artist Talk, July 1 at 8pm. www.printmaking.cy