While searching for a different medium of visual expression, visual artist Vanessa Anastasopoulou started working with ceramic art. She began with drawings on commercial molds and soon after took ceramics classes. With a painter’s intuition she explored the new materials and discovered a world with a whole variety of applications and possibilities.
In the exhibition titled “Mapping on Clay” the artist will present four chapters, the results of her experimentations and research. “Mapping” does not only concern her new journey in the world of sculpting with clay, but guides the spectator’s navigation tool to imaginary landscapes of coral complexes and tropical forests.
The “Highlanders” oblong vases hide symbolic stories. Their size and construction refer to totems while their double bottom bases and indentations can be decorated with handmade complementary micro-sculptures and combined with elements of the natural world. The large round forms bring to mind Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince’s planet and are ready to accept branches, flowers and leaves so they can transform their microcosm. “The Heroes” — a multitude of mythological forms painted on small handmade cups — will parade on the ground floor of Martinos antique shop. Finally a complete set of dishes brings us back to the everyday still containing though the inspiration and beauty of a fine art painting.
Vanessa Anastasopoulou has studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has shown her visual work in solo and group exhibitions in Greece (Gallery 7, Zoumpoulaki) and abroad (Japan, England). Last September she participated in the famed European ceramic context 2018 at Bronholm, Denmark. She lives and works in Athens.