Lena Papadaki

Lena Papadaki

A poet and explorer of new forms and new materials. The uniqueness and originality of her creations are born from her deep knowledge of artistic techniques and the materials she chooses, infused with the irrepressible personality and feelings that pervade her soul. Lena succeeds in bringing objects to life, conveying the emotions that inspire her as she shapes the material, giving expression to that nearly forgotten poetry that animates and drives her creativity.

History

After high school leaving Crete, the island of her birth, Lena moved to Thessaloniki where she attended the school of architectural design and then the school of ceramics. In Italy, she continued her studies of the "Art of majolica" and "Ceramics Technology", and attended the "Ceramics restoration" course in Faenza. Since then she lives and works in Forlì. She makes use of ancient production techniques, unique in their kind, respecting tradition and updating it with innovation. Clay is the essential element, shaped by her hands with patience and passion, then consolidated by fire to become the finished works. Her creations are inspired by her passions, first of all the films of Fellini, but also art, dance and poetry. Constantly studying, the search for an original, archetypal form, a symbol of purity and authenticity, she creates objects that are portable and accessible: each artifact has to live alongside those who choose it, becoming part of them. "

HANDCRAFT PROCESS

The artist uses ancient original techniques, thousands of years old, like the metallic luster that gives the raw material an ever-changing and iridescent look. As an alloying element, she uses silver and steel to give the metal that synthesis of iridescence deriving from the use of gold, platinum, silver, and mother of pearl. For the jewelry line, gold and platinum are used in the third firing. As an alloying element, silver and steel are used to give the metal both lightness and harmony. Very few today employ metallic luster techniques, given the difficulty and complexity of their implementation. This technique was imported from Egypt and from Persia and developed in Italy during the Renaissance, cultivated by great masters such as Nicholas Pellipario and Mastro Giorgio. Later, it was used during the Stile Liberty and Art Deco periods, in the work of great craftsmen of Faenza like Pietro Melandri, Riccardo Gatti, Anselmo Bucci. The luster film that wraps the piece is a thin layer obtained by processing a salt or an oxide subjected to intense smoking with carbonaceous substances. According to tradition, for many centuries, fragments of horse hoof were used; today these have been replaced with sugar, alcohol, and various resins. The presence of precious metals such as gold gives greater brilliance and value to the individual pieces. Every object, though similar in form and decoration to others, has its own nuances and chromatic peculiarities, which make it special and never identically repeatable.

Notable works and events

The artist has organized numerous events – some recent examples are the creation, in 2007, of a work for Giacomo Manzoni, who received the Golden Lion Award for his career at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011 she realized the work entitled "Only Jester, only Poet" for the famous actor Ascanio Celestini. She organized the "Tramareterre" exhibitions at the Municipal Art Gallery in Palazzo del Ridotto in Cesena in 2012, and the exhibition entitled "Archetypes" at Palazzo Turchi, Ferrara, in 2014.

Workshop

Lena's atelier is located in the center of Forlì amidst historical buildings and inside a deconsecrated church that was once dedicated to the cult of Our Lady of the Cough.
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