The elephant girl

(installation: flash animation, sketches, prints, plastic sculpture, sound)

A human-like creature, a special being combining the features of a girl and an elephant, is the dramatized hybrid known as ‘Elephant Girl’, a new heroine who comes to life by means of an installation made up of drawings, painting, sculpture, animation and text.

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This eccentric protagonist, the black-and-white, imaginary form of the Elephant Girl is an otherworldly, lonely, cartoon figure which dramatizes the concept of wandering in the modern city. Whether as a persona, a being, a creature, an alter ego, a psychic projection or a phantasm, the Elephant Girl is an invention open to a number of interpretations.

The Elephant Girl is an adolescent heroine who reacts to social conventions through the excess of her form and her “transgressive” behavior. Many times, she expresses the “internal” mode of thinking of an unconscious world in which the shape of things may be inverted or follow completely different codes. She might be a dadaist farce or a figment of pop culture, ready for use in the field of marketing or expressive of the existential need to escape homogenization, to differentiate oneself from the crowd and to be free.

Her design is an explicitly political comment. Through the showcasing of the dangers inherent in the modern, faceless society of consumerism, a contemplative model of empirical study emerges, a “super-heroine” within whom coexist a sense of inner collapse, division and transformation.

The Elephant Girl’s animation design alludes to the tradition of anthropomorphism in the history of animation, with a strong experimental aspect where the narrative development is sometimes deconstructed and, other times, overturned.
The character appears to evolve in such a way as to become involved in mysterious circumstances and mental games, by means of which the modern day viewer is led to critical positions and questions. (Margarita Kataga)

Exhibitions

2010, The Elephant Girl, AAA – Athanasiadou Art Advice, Athens.(installation)
2010, Illustration lifo, curators Marina Fokidis, Lifo team, Benaki museum Athens.(installation)
2010, 3rd international literary festival, Dasein ,organizers Christos Chrisopoulos and Literature Across Frontiers, Athens.(performance)

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