The Search for Forgotten Images Search Forgotten Images: Applying the Ancient Art of Cyprus in Contemporary Art Practice

By Stella Karageorgi.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Throughout history many artists at some point in their career turned to the past and sought to explore how the use of images and symbols of antiquity could be applied in a contemporary art context. My research, as a fine art practitioner as well, seeks to re-evalute these artistic attempts and continue this enquiry through a creative process grounded specifically on the study of the ancient vase painting (8th–5th cent. BC) of Cyprus.
The aims of the investigation are the following:
1) To evaluate the possible contribution of studying antiquity and specifically the ancient Cypriot images, as a means of expanding the contemporary art practices.
2) To investigate the parallels of ancient and modern image making, and subsequently to that, to explore the fundamental qualities of a universal visual language within art.
The methods of this investigation involve a study of the actual artifacts, in order to understand the creative process, and the collaboration with specialized archaeologists. Finally the practice based methodology involves an investigation into the application of a study of ancient art to contemporary means of creation, such as contemporary painting, animation and interactive installations.

Keywords: Ancient Art, Contemporary Art, Recreation

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.59-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.107MB).

Stella Karageorgi

Research Student, 2nd Year PhD Student in Fine Art, De Montfort University in Leicester, Leicester, UK

I have studied Studio Art and Art History at the University of Texas, at Austin for my Bachelor studies in 2001–2005. In 2006 i continued on my Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, at St. Martins College of Art in London, UK, and following to that i completed my MA with Dinstiction at University of Northampton. For about a year after that i have worked as an art tutor in Cyprus and then in 2009 begun my Ph.D studies in De Montfort University in Leicester. I have received several scholarships and grands for my studies such as a Fulbright Scholarship for my Bachelor studies and the A.G. Leventis Foundation Postgraduate Educational Grant for my PhD. Apart from that i have participated in several group and solo exhibitions, got involved with film-making, received awards in art and short film competitions, and finally given seminars and participated in children’s art workshops.