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Georgia Papadakis

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I work mainly in vivid, saturated acrylics, and my subject matter tends to be mermaids, horses, folkloric figures and dream imagery. As to why I paint what I paint, I'm drawn to the power of archetypes, the simplicity of symbols, the unavoidable directness of dreams. Language is full of clutter, but painting allows me to show you this world that my mind inhabits without stumbling over my words or yours.

Which is to say, why do I paint a fairy? Exactly. I don't know. I love stories, particularly fairy tales. It is not that "anything is possible" in these stories; it is that specific things, presumed to be impossible, are undertaken and achieved. Perhaps a fairy or a mermaid knows that by her very nature, she is capable of moving past this border or that, which however arbitrary, is dogmatically established as impassable. It is established from mouth to nay-saying mouth, resentfully repeated, shared when it seemingly cannot be shirked; and though it consists of nothing, that command: "You Can Not", is taken by the dejected spirit as fact. We struggle against it, because much as we hate it, we can't help but be convinced of it with every wrong turn, every denial. The fairy doesn't respond as to a challenge, with "I Will." She brings focus back to what's relevant and says, "I Am."

That's usually what I'm trying to paint: some talisman against the darkness of self-doubt.

Also, you can always ask me about a particular piece, and I will be happy to elaborate.

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