Still life Still life

Loanna Ralli

Still life

Cube Art Editions, Athens — 2011
SFr. 32.00
Pages: 100
Edition: 500
Dimensions: 22.5 x 20.5 cm
Language: Greek, English
ISBN: 9789609966221

“The subject matter of still life are everyday life objects which we overlook precisely because they belong to the realm of the ordinary world and therefore are not monumental. This is one more reason for the underestimation of still life: a vase, a flower, a lemon, a musical instrument, a bowl, a piece of material, objects that are found in the home, traditionally the feminine space.

In some way, every artist talks about himself. I gradually became aware of the fact that I was photographing objects that I either grew up with or have been living with for a very long time and had never really looked at, until now. This means that they have been in full view all this time and yet I never saw them. I wonder how often this happens on a symbolic level. Many things are in front of my eyes that I don’t see until I am ready.

I prefer the term Still Life used in English rather than Nature Morte in French and Νεκρή Φύση in Greek. One talks about life the other about death”.

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