Mourning Diary, 2016, cardboard, archival ink on tracing paper, 25,5cm x 20,5cm.

In Mourning Diary I have used Roland Barthes’ homonymous work to trace in black archival ink ¬†on tracing paper the empty spaces between the words on every page of the book. Ultimately, Mourning Diary is about what is not said or cannot be said, it is about the absence of words.

             
 

         
   

         
 

Sylvia Plath: the missing journal, 2008, paper, thread, dimensions variable. (Installation view)

 

 

         
   
Sylvia Plath: the missing journal, 2008, detail  
In Sylvia Plath: the missing journal, I used excerpts from Sylvia Plath’s journals, writing the text without ink, so the traces left are relief.
I sewed the pages together, as if they were found separately and I was trying to put them together again in the way a book is bound.
   


     
 
24 Hours, 2009,
correction pen on paper, bound paper, gloves, white perspex,
40cmx70cm. (photo Panos Kokkinias)

  24 Hours, 2009 (front cover)
 
   
24 Hours, 2009 ( two- page spread)  

 

 

24 Hours codifies the testimony of a woman in exile on the island of Makronissos, in the years of the dictatorship in Greece. The work is entitled 24 Hours, as I wrote what happened the day the prisoner was forced to reform, to change or “correct” her political beliefs. I used correction pen to transcribe her account, so as to erase and correct rather than reveal, and in order to bring out the script's relief image, within the relationship of white on white. In the Trikeri concentration camp women prisoners kept diaries, which they hid in holes in the ground or inside trees. They were called “the hidden notebooks”.    
     


 

Diary of a young girl, 2010
Bound paper, ink on paper, 40 x 50 cm (front cover)

In A Girl’s Diary I have transcribed the first 28 diary entries by Anna Frank, from the day that she received her diary to the day that her family took refuge in a hiding place in the Netherlands. I have chosen to put emphasis on those first days, as the testimony of a teenage girl with her youthful passions, thoughts and conflicts peculiar to her age as these are documented during a journal cycle of 28 days. I have copied the diary entries on very thin paper, so the actual marks are the imprints of ink left on the paper underneath.

  Diary of a young girl, 2010 (two- page spread)
 
 


 

 

           
 

Diary (Robinson Crusoe), 2008
bound paper, thread, leather, gold- leaf, 22cmx22cmx6cm.

  Diary (Robinson Crusoe), 2008, (spread)          
 
 

 

In Diary (Robinson Crusoe) I used thread and needle to record the days Robinson Crusoe, the character of Daniel Defoe’s book, spent as a castaway on the island (hence the title of the book “Nine Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Eight Days”), the same way he kept track of the days on a piece of wood: smaller lines for the days, thicker line for the end of the week and double-length line for the beginning of the month.

             
                 
                 
 
         
 

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