Portfolio > "In my end is my beginning" Solo Show @Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

embroidered sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea, Greece, San Francisco, California
embroidered sea grass on fabric, ink on tracing paper
2018
embroidered sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea, Greece, San Francisco, California
embroidered sea grass on fabric, ink on tracing paper
2018
embroidered sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea, Greece, San Francisco, California
embroidered sea grass on fabric, ink on tracing paper
2018
ink on tracing paper, maps, Bay Area, Dimitra Skandali, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, poetry
ink on tracing paper
12.5" x 9"
2017
poetry, ink on sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
ink on sea grass (Poseidonia)
2018
poetry, ink on sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
ink on sea grass (Poseidonia) on wood, glue
29" x 15"
2018
seaweed, sea grass, Paros, Cyclades, Aegean Sea, Greece, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Dimitra Skandali, Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco
sea grass from the Atlantic Ocean on plexiglass, glue
11" x 11"
2018
"In my end is my beginning" installation view
ink on tracing paper, ink on sea grass
2018
poetry, embroidered sea grass, navigation maps, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
ink on tracing paper, embroidered sea grass on fabric
2018
poetry, embroidered sea grass, navigation maps, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
embroidered sea grass on fabric, ink on tracing paper
2018
ink on tracing paper, maps, Bay Area, Dimitra Skandali, Don Soker Contemporary
ink on tracing paper
17.5" x 12.5"
poetry, embroidered sea grass, navigation maps, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
embroidered sea grass on fabric, ink on tracing paper
2018
poetry, ink on sea grass, Don Soker Contemporary, San Francisco, Dimitra Skandali, Bay Area Art, Greek Art, Aegean Sea
white ink on sea grass from the Atlantic Ocean, wood
10.5" x 18"
2018

A series of works inspired by TS Eliot's "Four Quartets" become a universe of words, numbers, lines and dots: drawings and writings on paper and sea grass, fabrics with embroidered sea grass, compose my world full of missing parts and misunderstandings in foreign lands and back home.

Reading the "Four Quartets" seems like moments where every word is at home (as the author says), expressing how I feel living in-between states of being and longing, while traveling and trying to balance emotions of dislocation and belonging, recognizing and missing, realizing gaps when stronger than being present, and when (very often) efforts become despair, and fears become courage and awes.

To understand more of his poetry, I started writing it down; and to understand the place I live, I made drawings referencing its navigation, topographical, and geological maps.


A review by David M. Roth @SquareCylinder.com can be found here (also at the Links session): https://www.squarecylinder.com/2018/05/dimitra-skandali-don-soker/

May 12 - June 23, 2018