Maria Fragoudaki – Artist Statement

My work explores the concept of Haptic Perception (Greek: haptós, haptikós /palpable, tangible) which relies on the forces experienced during touch and active exploration.
Through my work, I am exploring various materials that include fabric, gypsum, and paint and study their ability to produce a tactile experience. My Chemistry background help me interact with the materials in a different way. By understanding their properties and chemical composition, I manipulate and transform them, challenging our notion of reality.
My aim is to reveal Forms that are inherent to the objects, but hidden at first sight. The physical process of changing, exploring, expanding, and challenging the use of materials becomes an abstract process of exploring and understanding Ideas and materiality.