Athena Petra Tasiopoulos
Pennsylvania native Athena Petra Tasiopoulos is a mixed media collage artist. She describes herself as a collector of second hand images—primarily ‘cabinet card’ portrait photography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From these found photographs, she creates a digital composite by scanning and altering the original photograph to suit her desired composition. While the photo collage serves as the foundation of her work, her limited edition prints are then finished with the application of hand-drawn and painted embellishments in graphite, acrylic, watercolor, and wax pastel.
Tasiopoulos says of her work, “My imagination is continuously lured by the mystery of found photographs—piles of 'instant relatives' discarded in musty antique stores. It is as if these forgotten souls exist in an interesting sort of limbo–simultaneously trapped yet saved within the photograph. I find myself feeling compassion for them. By re-inventing the portrait, I aim to disjoint my subjects from an antiquated identity, allowing them to transcend the constraints of time and place.”
Tasiopoulos has shown her work in a number of group exhibitions including Chandler Center for the Arts Randolph, Vermont, New City Galerie Burlington, Vermont, GUSH Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery Burlington, Vermont, and Lightbox Photo Gallery Astoria, Oregon. She has had solo shows at the Abington Art Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2012 and in Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery, Stowe, VT, in 2016.
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