OFF THE WALL | EMI AVORA
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OFF THE WALL
EMI AVORA, 2014
Mixed Media on Canvas
160x185cm and 160x205cm
Off The Wall has been a site-specific installation for the Out Of Our Heads project on hallucinations, perception and mental health as inspired by the worn walls of the dark, basement space of the Shoreditch Town Hall in London, creating an idea of a room within a room. For this project Avora has been inspired by the work of the Romantic writers, especially E.T.A. Hoffman, whose work uses everyday situations as a portal onto an otherworldly, fantastical realms. The stains and cracks of the venue's walls functioned as portals onto another space creating a feeling of escape and disorientation.
With an emphasis on architecture, using history as a starting point, Avora's practice encompasses painting, digital printing and drawing. She is fascinated by how aesthetics and historical events that often contribute to current affairs are so intertwined and through found and first hand imagery she endeavors to compose and create spaces that suggest a parallel world and offer a space for dreaming. Her imagery often alludes to excess and abundance that verges into corrosion. However, despite the starting points referencing futility and decay, both her paintings, through the use of light as well as her large prints, through the erosion of solvents, are striving towards an abstraction that suggests an exit point away from the familiar and towards the otherworldly.
Emi Avora (b. 1979) is a London based Greek artist. Avora holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and a MA in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Selected exhibitions include: Out of our Heads, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK (2014), Grand Finale, National Theatre of Greece, Athens, Gr. (2013), Mir (The World of Faberge), Royal Academy, London (2011), In the Ruins, In Present Tense, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Gr (2008), Defining the Contemporary, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2006), Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK (2005), Introductions, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, USA (2005), Short Stories About Glamour, Hiscox Art Projects, London, UK (2004), Faith, Transition Gallery, London, UK; CAS, Osaka, Japan (2004), Draft, Nairs Culture Centre, Scuol, Switzerland (2004). Public Collections include: Ernst & Young Collection, UK, Marsh Collection, UK, The Wonderful Fund Collection, UK, Hiscox Collection, UK, The Slade Collection, UK.