I often find myself remarking correlations between subjects of a different order: a vertebral column and a plant’s stem, a seed and an animal’s sex organs, a fruit and a musical instrument.
I ask myself:
— What is it that makes these forms look irrelevant, while other times seem so familiar?
— How can I broaden my understanding of their kinship?
— What are these forms searching to become? What are they changing into?
These questions become then my raw materials. My work focuses on exploring these morphological (what does it look like), ontological (what is it on the whole) and perhaps spiritual (where is it going) aspects.
I think of the space my works create as universes which hold other ones within them. That may explain the reason I am attracted by the oval, a shape reminiscent of an egg, a seed, a galaxy or any other embryonic world.
The last 6 years I have been working mainly in print media. Printmaking is for me a truly vivid and organic practice, in which the printing matrix turns alive, gets transformed into a reproductive organ, generates life. The combination of different techniques — lithography, etching, woodcut — allows me to take advantage of the particular aesthetics of each process and to obtain images of rich and varied textures. I rarely follow a preconceived plan of action; instead, I prefer to experiment freely, to welcome any unexpected outcomes and to make my works evolve until the last printed variant.
Konstantinos Meramveliotakis was born in Athens, Greece in 1984. He has a BFA degree in painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts and a certificate in education from the Université de Montréal. Since the completion of his first artist’s book at the University of Barcelona in 2007, he has been predominantly working in print media. His work has been shown in several exhibitions in Greece and Canada and his prints can be seen at the collections of the BAnQ and L’Institut Canadien de Québec. A member of Atelier Circulaire printmaking studio since 2012, he participated in the 2014 Art Souterrain Festival with the collective print installation “the Corridor,” a variant of which will be exhibited this year at the Presse Papier Gallery in Trois-Rivières. He has lived in Montreal since 2009 and works at the Visual Arts Centre as a drawing and painting instructor.