Zoi Pappa (Greece)
Painting & Mixed Media
Zoi has a dual identity as a contemporary artist and indipendent curator. She is the owner of the alternative project space Zoi’s and occasionally work as an art tutor in several institutions. Zoi Pappa employee of the Exhibition Department of Glasgow School of Art and the Contemporary Art space Tramway (Glasgow-Scotland). She was also part of the Reconstruction Community, a platform initiated by a group of art theorists and historians, architects, sociologists and artists. The starting point had been the rethinking of the actual scene of Athens as a contemporary metropolis.
axis Mundi & Sacred Garden
Sacred Garden - Mixed media painting on wallpaper. Oil, Paper, Paint, Spray Paint and Enamel. Size: 156 H x250 Wx0.1 cm
Sacred Garden belongs to the series Gardens. Sacred symbols, wings, sculls, scales of transgressions and good acts, pendulum for telling fortune, sacred geometry, anatomy and divinity. High mountains are typically regarded as sacred by peoples living near them.
“Gardens” is a series of artworks That I am working under the concept of the new worlds. The core of the project is the idea of experimenting in the processes of perception. Nothing is as it seems, nothing is for granted. Worlds of transience where subjects, objects, and territories live states of continuous transformation and facing surprisingly their potential renaissance, creation, evolution, dissolution and disappearance. This juxtaposition highlights the contingent and transient nature of life that structure our daily experience, where a random incident can penetrate anytime and change the flow of things.
In certain way these “Gardens” constitutes “other worlds” made up from slices of unexpected which is visually reflected in the selection of the diversity of images. Through the use of a language half-rooted in the sub-conscious imagery of symbols, dreams and myth, and half-rooted in the outer world of impressions, I attempt to achieve a ‘non-sense’ and an incoherence that leads to the entire exploration of the inner sense and the substance.
A poetic transformation of the world into a spiritual world, where everything is combined and related. Human achievements, researches, observations and knowledge that grows and flourish from nature. The desire is to go beyond the values of current morality, to return to innocence and create a world independent of any logic or principle.
Axis Mundi -Mixed media painting on wallpaper. Oil, Paper, Paint, Spray Paint and Enamel. Size: 76 H x 52 W x 1.2 cm
The Axis Mundi or world tree in certain beliefs and philosophies, is the world center, or the connection between Heaven and Earth. The symbol originates in a natural and universal psychological perception: that the spot one occupies stands at "the center of the world". This space serves as a microcosm of order because it is known and settled. Outside the boundaries of the microcosm lie foreign realms that, because they are unfamiliar or not ordered, represent chaos, death or night.
Science Garden - Mixed media painting on wallpaper. Oil, Paper, Paint, Spray Paint and Enamel. Size: 120 H x 207W
Science Garden belongs to the series Gardens. A poetic transformation of science and research sphere into a spiritual world. where everything is combined and related. Science that grows and flourish from nature through the use, of a language half-rooted in the sub-conscious imagery of symbols, dreams and myth, and half-rooted in the outer world of impressions, science, nanotechnology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and anatomy I attempt to achieve a ‘non-sense’ and an incoherence that leads to the entire exploration of the inner sense and the substance.
Eva's Garden - Mixed media painting on wallpaper. Oil, Paper, Paint, Spray Paint and Enamel. Size: 76 H x 68 W x 1.2 cm
Eva according to the creation myth of the Abrahamic religion was the first woman ancestor that lived with Adam and God in Garden of Eden. Eva fall into the ancestral sin, the fall of the man. The fall according to Christianity brought sin into the world, corrupting the entire natural world, including human nature, causing all humans to be born into original sin, a state from which they cannot attain eternal life.
This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a "sin nature", to something as drastic as automatic guilt of all humans though collective guilt. The primal sin brought physical frailty, pain and death, and a darkened intellect and ignorance.
 The sin of disobedience in consuming an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The serpent tempts Eva to eat fruit from the forbidden tree, which she shares with Adam and they immediately become ashamed of their nakedness.