New Work: Athena Petra Tasiopoulos
June 27-July 22, 2017
Meet the artist: Friday, July 14, 6-8PM as part of the Waterbury Block Party
Athena Petra Tasiopoulos describes herself as a collector of second hand images, primarily “cabinet card” portrait photography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tasiopoulos manipulates these found photographs digitally and prints them on fabric. Her finished works are a whimsical assemblage of textiles and photos stitched to pastel-hued canvas blocks.
Athena Petra Tasiopoulos is a mixed media collage artist. Originally from Pennsylvania, Athena studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where she graduated in 2008. She currently resides in central Vermont.
Tasiopoulas says, “My imagination is continuously lured by the mystery of found photographs–‘instant relatives’ discarded and forgotten in musty antique stores. It is as if these souls exist in an interesting sort of limbo–simultaneously trapped yet saved within the photograph. I find myself feeling compassion for them. I aim to re-invent the portrait, to disjoint my subjects from an antiquated identity and allow them to transcend the constraints of time and place.”
(adapted from the artist’s press materials)
Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop
5 Stowe Street
by Athena Petra Tasiopoulos