Proposing as her title and, particularly, as her eld of investigation and creation the french play words “Sensations Imprimées” - Imprinted Sensations - Anna Achilleos Stäubli digs up the blooming owerbeds of her own, and our nostalgia, with talent and wilful mastery.
19 December 2017 - 13 January 2018
Tuesday - Thursday – Friday 11:30 – 21:30 Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 – 15:30
Gallery Genesis. 35 HARITOS Street, Kolonaki 10675 Athens, Greece.
In the Encaustic painted paradise of white jasmine and unwithered wild roses, in labyrinths of chrysanthemums and beds of hyacinths, Anna replants seedlings of an unspoken yet eloquent autobiography. In the Encaustic painted paradise of white jasmine and unwithered wild roses, in labyrinths of chrysanthemums and beds of hyacinths, Anna replants seedlings of an unspoken yet eloquent autobiography. Through the endemic peony of the Troodos mountains, to the humble chamomile growing on the sand at the Tombs of the Kings in Paphos and the visual barriers of pointed yet vulnerably self referential blue thistles, she recomposes the steps of a perilous yet passionate youth. Anna connects with her birthplace and resurrects the essence of a primordial and heart rendering knowledge of her homeland.
“Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world”
Anna’s vivid narrative of her paintings stems from childhood memories and her archetypal grandmother. With a magical touch Anna recalls her memories and interweaves herself in family looms and oral patterned dresses. Empowered with her memories of her grandmother weaving endless hand spun yarns from the thread of domesticated silk worms, Anna gives birth to lines, clusters and interstitial spaces of colour and wax. The memory of soothing cloth on the skin spreads softly on wood and canvas and becomes once more a joyful garden of flowers of unsurpassed beauty.
Through her studies in Archaeology and the discovery of the portraits of Fayum, Anna Achilleos Stäubli has dedicated the past two decades of her life in creating, researching and exploiting the intricate techniques of Encaustic Art. Compelled by the need to render the beauty of colour, the rhythm of shape, the desire to feel and smell, Anna undertakes a more fresh and contemporary approach to a new transcendental artistic quality. Like an ever moving dancer, Anna ows with the ame and with the art of an Alchemist, she imprints myths, memories and emotions on gentle bees wax elds. Cyprus, Anna’s birthplace is her source of inspiration. From wild and domesticated Flowers, to copper and sulphur and the blue turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Anna draws images and strength and turns them into a blooming fertile universe.
Transparent yellow | Encaustic on plywood | 40 x 40 cm
Art Historian – Independent Curator