Meet up with Tina Pitsiavas, the artist guiding the bold series engaging with social difficulties, current information things and political environments all-around the entire world.
One might argue that today’s environment is a patchwork of social issues (a not so very one). Some have transcended time and historical past, although many others are new and evolving. In today’s modern society in distinct, a range of activations, slogans and headlines protesting and critiquing ability and the types of understanding that represent inequalities have emerged. It is consequently apt that Tina Pitsiavas has named her collection ‘Patchwork of Protest.’
As a properly trained Art Therapist, Tina started ‘Patchworks of Protest’ in 2019 to engage with the therapeutic properties of art that provides voice and clarity to contemporary concerns. Despite experimenting with other mediums, Tina utilizes gouache on watercolour paper to make the loud patchworks. Referring to it as a “luscious medium,” the fast-drying make-up of gouache allows Tina to increase various colors to the paper and take a look at how just about every interacts. The blend of huge letters which vary in coloration, capitalised and lower-situation letters, results in the viewer to pause and thoroughly de-code its this means.
“Colour is quite vital to me. I use coloration and color combinations to catch the attention of the viewers eye to every piece. It is only just after the viewer deciphers the phrases that they realise there is an underneath layer…one that may well be darker than the hues I use,” says Tina.
Hunting across these patchworks, Tina Pitsiavas would make unapologetic declarations, these kinds of as “anything you can do, I can do bleeding” and “old adult men, new wars.” Other operates take a self advocative angle – similarly as crucial as the advocacy for social problems. These include, “find your interior fan” – a remark on one’s internal critic, and the additional humorous (and most likely relatable sort) “find a improved work.” Whilst Tina statements that her perform can be viewed as tongue in cheek, she thinks that any method that a information can be conveyed by art to elicit awareness and change is beneficial.
“My function is just a small fall in the huge ocean of political and social commentary in art.”
Tina Pitsiavas returns to The Cutaway, December 1-4 as component of The Other Artwork Fair’s well known edition. With 135 artists, tattoos, a number of surprises – and a thoroughly stocked bar, this an artwork fair not to be skipped.