Illusion of home, as a memory (Ενθύμιο / Keepsake)
Oil on canvas, two plastic paint buckets
170 x 180 x 15 cm

My grandmother would send photographs to her relatives in Greece from the United States. The words are written in purist Greek (καθαρεύουσα) and read ‘We are sending you our photograph as a keepsake. Pitsa’. Memory and the monumental become a tool to revive nostalgic moments through text and language. The painting is balanced on two plastic paint buckets, which were used in the studio during the production of the work. They were also used to paint the walls of my studio and reminded me of the different rooms I have moved to and painted. The memory is tied to my personal urgency for mobility that I have inherited from my family. The deposition of the painting from the wall not only reveals its structural elements but also the weight of the object itself, which can be tied conceptually to the weight of cultural inheritance that is passed down through generations.

© Nicole Economides