Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης
Nocturnal Landscape

Yorgos Gyparakis

Nocturnal Landscape

1998

The work is displayed as part of the permanent exhibition

Installation

2 mirrors, metal, light, stones, black sand, doll
170 x 200 x 130 cm
Purchased on subsidy by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, 2002
Inv. No. 165/02

Bringing together post-industrial and natural materials, Yorgos Gyparakis creates sculptures and installations that often have the ability to stimulate the viewers’ senses and evoke images from the unconscious. The circle of life, myth and fictional stories, and western binary thinking are only some of the themes he explores in his works. Nocturnal Landscape is a sculptural installation that deals with the passage from maidenhood to womanhood. The body of a girl is shown as levitating —cradled in its adolescent’s bed no more— for ever leaving the innocence of childhood. The girl’s long braid is then abruptly cut off in an allusion to the severing of the “umbilical cord” connecting her with her pubescent self. The room’s half-light, blended with the moonlight, is reflected on the girl’s hair; the scene is overwhelmed with a sense of dreaminess and magic. Next to the bed lies a pillow —its opening offering a most eloquent reference to the vagina, and evidence of a violent incision. The artist tells the story of the transition from adolescence to maturity, a transition involving no little cruelty or fear. In this exceptionally narrative installation of his, Gyparakis incorporates and discusses a number of themes: materiality and immateriality, body and soul, sea and earth, fascination and difficulty, innocence and maturity
Daphne Vitali, ENTER EMST: Collection and history, A short guide, 2020

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