We are pleased to invite you to the solo show of Fania Kolaiti, titled “Coils”, from the 23 September until the 1 October 2022.
The meeting with the artist will take place on Friday, Sep 23rd, from 5 – 7 pm.
Fania Kolaiti was born in Athens, Greece. She is an interdisciplinary artist, particularly working with ceramic art and design. After the bachelor diploma in the Faculty of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ioannina, Greece, she followed an artistic path in Berlin where she formed her artistic identity of contemporary sculptress. She obtains an academic background in Scenography, Art Therapy and Art Education. For the last two years she has been based in Wroclaw where she obtained the Master degree in Fine Arts and Design, specialisation in Ceramics. She has participated in exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, Athens and Wrocław.
About the exhibition:
The structure of coils is directly related to life and creation. Through life we can experience creation and through creating we can feel alive. Careful perception can help us notice how creativity is food both for the mind and the soul. A fruitful life might be seen as a result of fundamental building up of ‘life material’ – resembling a helix of efforts that develop and extend higher and higher.
I got inspired by coiling which is one of the structural building processes when working with clay – one that resembles the way life progresses through personal attempts. I believe clay to be a suitable metaphor of self development. Humans are intelligent entities that tend to learn, create and evolve through established knowledge and in relation with laws of nature.
When working with clay, a ceramist is mindful about setting up a powerful body of clay with a well supported foundation. Similar concepts exist in life – starting from the human DNA, where chains create a coil around each other to form a double helix carrying the genetic instructions for development. Spirals, vortexes and coils initiate growth and expansion that characterize human existence and life as we know it. Similarly, clay has the characteristic of development in coiling structures, helping maintain their volume, shape and weight.
Thus, for me the use of clay as a material is connected with the idea of human evolution. Development of spiral forms in clay has similar dynamics to human evolution – both of individuals and societies. Coiling as a system of life and expansion navigates everything and everywhere. In nature there is no turning back from coiling, which seems to reach into infinity.