by Katerina Fotaki
In the foreground of the graphic can be seen the head of a character with rolled eyes holding his or her brain. Hidden in the background are two more characters with similar faces to the main one. The situation is somewhat reminiscent of a madhouse scene. However, the artist wants to address a specific issue through her work. Sometimes exhaustion or a bad day makes you want to switch off your brain and do things without thinking at all. Sometimes you just want to leave your brain in good hands and not have to worry, and leave your feelings behind the door. This is exactly what the main character is trying to do.
The graphics exude a beautiful purple colour evoking rather warm feelings and amusement thanks to their caricature nature. However, it is done in an extremely aesthetic and palatable way making it pleasing to the viewer’s eye.
graphic / visual artist
Greek artist raised in the wilderness of Crete. She studied and graduated in Athens with a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She currently works in Berlin, which inspires her to create more illustrations. Her circumstances growing up made her a nature lover, but she has always been curious about the craziness of urban life. She is inspired by the environment she lives in and the emotions that surround her. For her, illustration is a way to express her dreams and feelings in a surreal way. She likes to create faces and figures, focusing more on their different emotions and expressions. Katerina’s paintings never run out of colours, as she has learned to live in colourful cities with a strong multicultural character. Her works can be described as psychedelic and definitely surreal.
“My aim is to capture as much emotion as possible in a way that makes the viewer notice the image for a few minutes. Through my paintings I want to evoke positive emotions, but sometimes I like to evoke a mysterious absurdity.” – Katerina Fotaki
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