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Aurora Borealis: the canvas of an artistic journey

3 Dec

by Dimitria Ioannidou//

There’s something in the air lately that has all of us hankering for a life changing turnaround.  Some of us change, some of us think about it, some of us will never do.  And while change stories may vary, the one thing they have in common is they all inspire the rest of us greatly.

Here’s one of those stories to help us start this week with optimism.  Milena Dimitrokallis, is first and foremost a friend.  In this story though she is a former martial art instructor turned marketeer, turned hotelier, turned artist.  The fact that she has effectively and successfully made so many changes in her life makes her the absolute inspiration story for today.

Milena’s art venture has a name and a very depictive one.  It’s called Aurora Borealis.  Just because I’m so fascinated with the choice of name, I’ll restrain from revealing what Aurora Borealis means and  urge you to find out for yourselves here.

And since I consciously avoid talking about art and what I see in every creation (unless of course I can spot an owl..) I’ll let you enjoy her artistic journey in search of tranquility, inspiration and completion and see if you too are inspired to bring change into your life.  Preferably, sometime close.

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

milena (6)

City Lights

City Lights

Puzzle Me

Puzzle Me

Walking In Space

Walking In Space

Bright Light and Right

Bright Light and Right

Romanticised

Romanticised

Saved the best part for last.  You can buy these pieces of art.  When I say “buy” I don’t just mean they are put for sale, I mainly mean they are affordable so you can actually buy them.  Plus they’re charged with special female power of change, creativity and world giving which I’m sure will bring tons of luck in the house.  Im so in need of good fortune, aren’t you?

CREDITS: Text: Dimitria// Pictures:  auroraborealis.gr//

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What I saw..

7 Jul

by Nadia Gerazouni//

Francis Alys:  Fabiola
Schaulager at Haus zum Kirschgarten, Basel, Switzerland
12 March to 28 August 2011

WHO IS WHO

Saint Fabiola is the patron of the deceived, the mistreated, the divorced and of widows. She lived in Rome on the 4th Century. In 1885 Jean-Jacques Henner painted her profile and although the original painting was lost in 1912, numerous artists have either copied it or made their own versions of it.

Francis Alys is a renowned Belgian artist (Antwerp 1959) that now lives and works in Mexico. Alys has been collecting portraits of Saint Fabiola from flea markets and thrift stores around the world. He owns a collection of 370 of them, executed in various media, from oil on canvas and ceramics to embroidery, enamel and more.

Haus zum Kirschgarten, a former townhouse in Basel, is now a museum that introduces the 19th century bourgeois lifestyle. It is within its 25 rooms that Francis Alys presents his extraordinary collection of portraits of Fabiola.

Schaulager never ceases to amaze us with its creativity, freshness and open-mindness. It is the perfect example of how an institution can be alive and ahead of its time.

CREDITS: Text: Nadia//Photography: Schaulager® at the Haus zum Kirschgarten, Basel
„Francis Alys: Fabiola“, 12 March – 28 August 2011
Installation view, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel