Maie Yanni, "Symphony in Blue", 2009-2011, Collage of recycled posters on paper, 85 x 85cm.
This body of work is part of self-taught multi-disciplinary artist Maie Yanni's lifelong practice of collage and is emblematic of particular aspects of art that interests her: recycling the old into new; fragmenting, deconstructing and recontextualizing images and ideas by giving them new meanings; a preoccupation and attraction to pattern, line and colour; and her love of water, rivers, seas and oceans. All of these elements compounded by her cross-cultural upbringing and constant travels have informed and shaped her art.
A lot of research goes into the process of execution, first on a mental and intellectual level followed by a physical and manual preparation of studies before going onto the final work of art. The actual work is meticulously precise and tedious, and although beauty is one the important aspects of the final result there is always a subtle interwoven conceptual message that permeates much of the outcome.
No man is an island and no artist living and working in this chaotic part of the world can do so without a hint of socio-political engagement; it is part of our genetic make-up and even for those of us who toil away quietly, something, somewhere always betrays our DNA tapestry.
Maie Yanni is a multi-disciplinary visual artist currently working and living in Cairo, Egypt. Her work has been showcased internationally and is currently represented by Zamalek Art Gallery (http://www.zamalekartgallery.com)
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