The Infinity Point
The circle is made of millions of points that once placed side by side, form a line in a certain direction. The point is the beginning of any shape, and of an infinite number of possibilities. Petra Eiko makes her work based in the point, in the circle and its connect with the viewers.
Petra Eiko is an artist that works with the source of all forms: the point. Her body of work is made up of this element as well as circle of all shapes and colors that are arranges in different ways. Her medium is clear plexiglass; to which she applies various layers of acrylic paint. This material, witch is both transparent and reflective, possesses characteristics that interest the artist. This is because the material serves as a visual vehicle to show both internaltity and externality at the same time, while also showing emotionality and the real world, which are concepts that she is interested in tackling. This is probably why Petra works from back to front, that is, she paints the first layer, and the successive layers, on the back of the sheet. In the end, the viewers find themselves in front of a transparent plate that covers the painting, but they don't see the amount of work there is in the back. Therefore, the process becomes a moment of personal reflection, of complete introspection, that reveals the innermost being of the artist.
The artist invites us to see beyond the obvious and to reflect on her work in order to discover its hidden meanings. She seeks a private moment with the viewer and a personal connection where she can tell her story.
Petra's work grabs your attention through it colorfulness and apparent simplicity, but at the same time it is full of hidden meanings that are an invitation to the viewer to unravel their mysteries. Her work speaks for itself and has an undoubtedly complicated and well thought-out process and background. Eiko's work is like a "window" to the artists heart making a direct reference to her the-green-heart project.
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