Interview with Evi Apostolou – Artist from Patras, Greece

Evi ApostolouEvi Apostolou is an artist from Greece. Her recent art is about the consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality. Evi has studied both theology and art and is currently a theology teacher.

You can connect with Evi on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.

View Evi Apostolou’s art portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

Extraimaginary: We have Evi Apostolou here with us today. Evi, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

Evi Apostolou: Well, I have studied theology in the University of Athens. This is about religions. Then I studied art in Athens School of Fine Arts. My interest in art came very early when I was a child. I have been always painting all my life and I love every kind of art and especially visual art.

My recent artwork ‘Boundaries at the age of surreal’ (2009) was made for my university diploma. It is about the radical consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality.

14-xenotransplantation-digital-110x140cmAll artworks are based on real facts, such as transplantation from animals, like pigs, to humans, the misuse of animals in order to find therapies for human diseases or for the science to go further, the very fast growing field of nanotechnology, the bionic brain (a brain with an artificial hippocampus) and the total artificial heart, which is going to be used by humans in the future.

At the same time all artworks are an open door to the imagination, real and surreal can be easily confused. I found very interesting to combine art with all this scientific knowledge I had after my two years research about these issues. I also believe that art can be a very strong communication tool, and I wanted to share everything I already knew with people. Something very important I have to say now about the unit ‘Boundaries’ is that I have tried a lot to represent everything in such a way so I would not cause very strong emotional reactions, because the purpose of this work is to represent the reality as it is, not to confuse, but to stimulate people for a clear thinking.

Apart from this unit, my artwork at the moment is painting, digital art and a combination of computer produced images, photographs with painting. I am mostly inspired from biology, exploring the interaction and coexistence of spirit and matter, as well as of the natural and the artificial world. I find very interesting to combine biological, organic with technological, inorganic elements. I also want to express a particular state of mind and soul. Human body, both internal and external, and every living matter could be transformed into images of a flowing energy, and, even though a still life could be seen as something breathing and alive. Everything in my art is living, can be connected, everything is like an organism, or a part of a bigger organism.

Extraimaginary: So do you have an education background in both science and art?

Evi Apostolou: I don’t have an education background in science, but I have studied a lot and made my scientific research in order to create the unit ‘Boundaries’. I am also always curious about scientific evolution and I seek for new knowledge. My university studies at the moment are in Humanities, Theology, and in Fine Arts, especially painting.

Extraimaginary: What medium do you use for your art?

Evi Apostolou: I paint with mixed media. I mostly use water colors like acrylic. But I am open to experimental things. I also like computer. This can be a part of the mixed media procedure of my art.

Extraimaginary: So do you create digital works on the computer?

16-super-human-digital-110x130cmEvi Apostolou: I use photographs and digital artwork from the computer. Sometimes I combine the digital work with paints. Some works are only digital. For example, the ‘Boundaries‘ Unit.

Extraimaginary: When you mix digital works with paint, do you do the digital part and then print it out and paint over it?

Evi Apostolou: I have done that. But I’m in the beginning of this part of my artwork. Until now I have mostly created only digital works and another part of my artwork is only painting. But I have started this procedure of mixing the digital work with painting.

Extraimaginary: How do you get inspiration to do a piece and how do you start and finish a piece?

Evi Apostolou: When I start an artwork, I need ‘something’ to stimulate my mind and feelings to do this. Everything I do, each specific work of mine can be a part of a bigger unit. If something stimulates me, I want to paint more and more about this, so that a lot of works can be done which are connected to each other and express this primary stimulus.

I like very much to be inspired by the human body, the external body forms and the internal body forms like organs, cells, neurons. Biology is always the basis of my creation, like a palette, and I want to express everything I see with this kind of language.

When an artwork is finished? Well, this is a big question….most times when I believe that I have achieved to express a particular state of mind and soul. I always want to speak through my art, to communicate thoughts and feelings. Each artwork could be an interaction between the artwork itself and the viewer, or myself, the creator, and the viewer.

Extraimaginary: Evi, I’m curious, do you like that we are using technology more and more with biology? Like cloning. Do you approve of cloning?

Evi Apostolou: It is a very big issue. There are different kinds of cloning , and there are a lot of ethical issues for each kind of them. Human evolution, human life extension is what science is seeking for the most. Science and knowledge is a tool, but what really matters is the way we handle it . All these issues, and environmental issues, of course, are in a global conversation right now. I don’t say that I approve or disapprove anything, I just say through my work ’Boundaries’ that If we want to be successful as a human race and if we want to survive, we need to be careful, we should think more and criticize more everything. We have to try more to make the right choices, each time, each moment. We can set some boundaries in our behaviour, yes, after all, to ensure our safety and dignified existence in this world.

Extraimaginary: Who are the artists that have inspired you?

Evi Apostolou: I love Leonardo Da Vinci. I believe he was first a researcher and then an artist. We can say he was a scientist. We see his works and one piece of his work were his paintings. He studied the human body like a scientist. I also like a lot of other artists, but especially those who make you think, or criticize, or those who awake strong feelings to the viewer and those who, not only create questions, but try to give some answers, too.

Extraimaginary: What are the goals for your art and what do you want people to get from it?

Evi Apostolou: I want my art to stimulate people’s thoughts and feelings and I always think of how my art could be useful to someone else. I want to communicate with people through my art.

Extraimaginary: Is your main source of income art? Or do you do anything else?

Evi Apostolou: I am a theology teacher at the moment, but I hope to become an art teacher in the near future.

Extraimaginary: Do you teach in high school or university?

Evi Apostolou: In high school at the moment.

Extraimaginary: Thanks Evi. You’re Extraimaginary.

BOUNDARIES at the age of surreal

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Other paintings by Evi Apostolou

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