Meta-Painting by Christina Papaioannou


By (author): Christina Papaioannou

Title: Meta-Painting

Subtitle: The interference of segmented images


Christina Papaioannou's paintings surge through the interference of segmented images, embodying an eerie relation to AI art production methods. In each composition, she reflects the flattening of art historical hierarchies and the immediacy of image retrieval in the digital age. The Internet's transformative power has revolutionized access to visual culture, enabling seamless navigation through any kind of image or information with a simple Google search.

Within layered compositions, Papaioannou explores themes of information overload, chaotic structures, digital culture, incomplete narratives, history of art, and memory. Throughout her body of work, scattered references to Art History abound, with a prominent love for 15th-century engravings, and nods to medieval iconography, as well as Greek mythology. In a way, her work prompts contemplation both on the passage of time and the contemporary consumption of imagery. Countless painting styles coexist, challenging long-held artistic taboos, alongside various interactive procedures such as children’s paintings, scraps of her own previous works, and digital world elements like pixels and Photoshop-like processes.

As both an image collector and creator, the artist embarks on a two-way journey through virtual and physical worlds. Gathering diverse imagery, she employs these ready-mades to construct hybrid compositions. Digital processing gives rise to new structures, which she then manually applies to canvas, transforming pre-existing data into tangible reality.

From abstract landscapes to scenes reminiscent of video games, Papaioannou's paintings blur the boundaries between the familiar and the alien. Each brushstroke carries an underlying sense of whimsy, inviting viewers to interpret the work from scratch, like a psychological test. Through dynamic compositions and individual micro-stories, she navigates the role of painting in the digital age, embracing fragmentation and the complexity of the contemporary visual landscape.

ISBN: 978-87-7620-190-6

Book language: English

Publishing house: Snap Collective


Editorial Assistant: Madia Duroni

Designer: Natalia Sweetkovskaya 

Published on: 5/6/2024

Category: Art

Price (€): 89

Keywords: painting, abstract art, pop art 

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