Antoniou’s work becomes a feverish effort to interpret this Silence by actually abolishing it. And she succeeds as Silence I feel exists nowhere in her Art. It is rather born out of the buzzing mumbling of centuries of experience, as her work becomes a palimpsest of a People’s collective memory. Horizon becomes a means to enable us to see and understand the passing of History and to participate in time cycles that surpass individual life (Pallasmaa 2005, 52). Each piece of her work presents us with a choreography of small scale place identifications (Sharr 2007, 53), as part of an effort to instantly deconstruct and reconstruct a collective mental Horizon.
At its most intense expression, Antoniou’s Horizon seems to take up flesh and blood (Fata Morgana 1, Fata Morgana 2), looking back at us in a penetrating gaze, pouring out towards us in the form of hundreds of threads procuring from an imaginary Horizon where the ghostly figure of the historic queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro stands. In these two works the hermetic aspects of her art seem to be surrendering to the viewer’s intimate gaze: A Horizon entangling both history and imagination calling upon a personal interpretation, one born out of our individual memory of a past untold.
- Hesperia Iliadou
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