Emilia Bantouna

Artio Gallery

Emilia Bantouna finds herself suspended between a romantic/intuitive approach to art and a classical/conceptual one. This exhibition was comprised largely of two groups of work: papier-mâché pieces, upon which an image is inscribed, and works in which found objects, sand, and other media are employed. Essential to Bantouna’s work is the actual physical process, the tactile contact with the object. Her commitment to the work process and to the metamorphosis she allows to take place in this process constitutes a loose link to an attitude common among artists in the ’50s.

Conversely, the conceptual element in her work is evident in the metaphorical transfer which she imposes on the objects and materials used. Her works are highly ambiguous, poetic, and at times replete with religious significance. This is especially evident when she incorporates in a work small found objects of iron and wood,

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