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fotini hamidieli
in the woods

I don't know exactly where this one came from and i was surprised -intrigued by the result,thought it was finished so i left it aside for a bit


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2013-03-21

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2013-03-21

I worked on this drawing after a while and here is what happened

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JP Delaney
2013-03-27 20:20

You'll have to bear with my male-centric comment on this drawing Fotini, and please feel free to ridicule me as you feel fit. As much as I enjoy it, I've always been a bit suspect of so much high (and low) art having to do with the depiction of naked women. It often struck me as understanding the audience to be the complicit male, with little room for [my uncertain idea of] a feminine sensitivity.
Notwithstanding, looking at your artwork on the site, I find your female nudes to be refined studies, a woman artist's symbolic and narrative rendition that *include* the viewer in an empathetic space of mutual recognition, as opposed to the viewer being some voyeuristic outsider enjoying the spectacle. In this way I consider your work to be very much a gentle, but staunchly feminist, treatment of the female nude. Feel free to reprimand me also on that observation.
So much for the introductory statement; returning to the drawing, this started out with three small images of a woman (or women) that appear to me to be not at all at ease with their nakedness in nature, with the later addition of the peacock of a previous work LINK, and what looks to me like a huge black penis. A quick research reveals the peacock to symbolize immortality, the regal, and the power of resurrection. But all together, I am at a loss to suggest a meaning for this work.
With this as a basis, I would be most appreciative if you could offer your own artistic interpretation of this image, in the words of it's creator.

fotini hamidieli
2013-03-28 05:28

When I depict the naked body my intention is to reveal the inside of the body,I guess a glimpse of soul ,although this sounds so pompous.I would be offended if the viewer looked at my figures as just naked women even if they are that.Your comment about my three figures not being comfortable with their nakedness is very interesting,I had not realized or intended it.When I work I try not to do so too consciously so things pop up by themselves , a risk at revealing too much sometimes .
Lately I have been exchanging ideas with a friend very closely so that in future we may have a joint show so in the back of my mind is how to create a bridge between 2 very different bodies of work and we have played with the idea of the darkness that surrounds Greece at the moment,a darkness that we feel everyday-how can we talk about that?
Back to the drawing.It started with freely laying down color-just to see what happened.And than my women found their place in the nooks created,my women in my head are people close to me ,living and dead.There are the cores of plants and linear shapes of trees.I have been working on the idea of dark wood in other drawings.

fotini hamidieli
2013-03-28 05:34

After a while the drawing seemed incomplete and I wanted something forceful to happen to it so came the birds which are feeding.I like the forms of the birds-not peacocks,although it is an idea.Did not intend to present them as phallic symbols but rather as ominous creatures.Even more simply I just wanted to make the drawing work


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