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In Greek mythology certain plants appear as men or gods, expressing through their stories philosophical questions considering nature, the eternal circles of life and death or the search of beauty and truth.Such story is the myth of Narcissus. It is an adventure of the gaze, as his inability to unite with his reflection on the water leads to his death and his subsequent metamorphosis into a flower. Narcissus represents a dual identity where the beauty of the living world coexists with the reality of death and the world of shadows.


The installation consists of carbon paper on which highly abstracted mirrored images are drawn. The images originate from destroyed urban sites in Athens after the 2008 riots. Placed on a black table, the drawings emerge through the reflection of light, only to dissapear once the visitor moves.


The work was presented in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh in 2009. In response to the exhibition site and the events of the Greek capital, “Narcissus” is a reference to the cycles of destruction and creation.

 

 

stefaniastrouza_narcissus

 

stefaniastrouza_narcissus

 

Narcissus

2009

carbon paperon a 0.80 x 1.50 m table

Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh