Over the last period, the Municipal Gallery of Karditsa / accepted a new donation of works by Mrs Simoni Trapsioni.

Simoni Trapsioni (Limassol, Cyprus, 1968) is a Greek Cypriot artist who has been living and working in the USA since 1998. She studied painting in Greece, at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (in the workshops of V. Dimitreas and D. Kontos, 1987 – 1992) and in the USA, at the Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA, old techniques and Chinese painting, 2000 – 2003). She taught at the Secondary School (1995 – 1998) and at the Savannah College of Art and Design (2005 – 2014). She is involved in painting and design. She has presented her works in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, USA and elsewhere. Her works are in public and private collections in Greece and abroad. She is a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts and the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts.

Simoni Trapsioni, Still Life, 1995, 19 x 15 cm.

The painter has selected eight of her works for the Municipal Gallery of Karditsa. They come from work from the period 1994 – 1998 and deal mainly with still lifes. Rented half-closed umbrellas, fruit, porcelain or glass containers, an old table, a small bouquet of flowers, etc. Objects from an old trunk that are pulled out of oblivion and brought back to life. Patterns, shadows and reflections – all in a single whole. A sense of stillness but also a covert energy arising from their use (movement, tension, rest after use, etc.) that weighs down the composition. They are embedded in a space rendered with little or no complementary factual elements, but the surrounding atmosphere is nonetheless highly charged by the presence of these objects. It is not so much the utilitarian objects that are described, but mainly the memories that are recalled through them. The mnemonic process and the associated emotional load of the respective experiences constitute the thematic focus of the artist.

A simple design, at times even nervous, which is completed and calmed down by the addition of colour. Watercolours with transparency and fluidity, basic structural tools and at the same time elements of expressiveness, which render the airy mnemonic records. Inertly mixed colours on the visible bearing surface. Condensation and abstraction. Representation and atmosphericity. Spontaneity and automatism. Obvious gestural negotiation and curation. Objects of everyday life as evidence of pre-existing life and action. A peculiar archive of emotions.

Simoni Trapsioni, Still Life, 1996, 56 x 42 cm.

The Municipal Gallery of Karditsa, in its official statement, thanks the artist for her generosity. It also thanks the local painter Mr. Yannis Antonopoulos for his valuable contribution.

Simoni Trapsioni, Still Life, 1998, 35 x 25 cm.

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