15 Dec TASSOS KOUTSOURIS – Member of the International Association of Art Critics
“The subject matter of Alice Tournikioti’s works displayed in this exhibition is still life with objects and flowers. Her inner space is revealed fragmentally through her multicoloured painting compositions, reflecting its functional and unaffected character along with a widespread sense of effortless inner energy and euphoria.
Objects of daily use tilting away from their vertical axes, and elements from the natural environment, placed in the fragmented interior space of a room, cross with their shapes, developing a complex relationship between themselves. Crystal glasses and bottles of wine, plates placed on multicoloured table clothes with decorative patterns, pots and vases with flowers, fruit and plants, sections of seats and furniture, are depicted in an abstract way, almost with a desire to hint at something, inundating the entire composition to an almost pleasant suffocation. Or, rough dark coloured or engraved outlines delineate the form of the objects, distinguished by the geometric way they have been placed in repeated right angled or elliptical shapes.
The dynamic development of the design in repeated linear traces, in straight, circular, broken or intersecting lines and points, direct us to references to the female and male sex, as they are related in their significance with the meanings of creation, composition and fertility, or correspondingly of the journey, the trip and the destination. Through their highly strung interpretation they acquire mobility and rhythm, while in conjunction with the spontaneous handling of relief and defectively mixed coloured rejections, lines, strike outs and withdrawals, local focuses of tone and explosions of colour with an intense material substance and gestural character are created.
Alice Tournikioti’s artistic quest deals with the female element and love. Her painting is the result of a deep organic demand and expresses itself through the constructive immediacy of her still lifes, revealing a complex structure and function. Lines and shapes, colours and bulk, traces and points, are intertwined in complicated, almost primitive correlationships, overturning the phenomenally static nature or silence of the objects and of the interior surrounding them. Free of any limiting theoretical and technical rules, her compositions acquire a dynamic flow, an intensity of movement and an instinctive erotic rhythm, directing to a primordial function of fertility, creation or reproduction”.