According to the dictionary, in vitro is the process taking place in a test tube or culture dish in contrast with in vivo which is used to describe the processes taking place in living organisms. The term nature is typically used to describe the natural phenomena that will remain in existence regardless of the presence of humankind on the planet.
When we refer to a landscape, however, we mean a way of perceiving it. According to Georg Simmel, we refer to a “kind of unity” that arises from a variety of natural phenomena spread on the ground. The amalgamation of phenomena that colour the perception of the spectator comprises the landscape’s “psychic tone” [Stimmung].
This exhibition consists of a series of drawings as an exploration of the landscape as a quiet place, which is devoid of narrative, with relation to the natural landscapes of Cyprus and drawings with a focus to chaotic qualities and the interaction of various species and phenomena which constitute a unified whole made up of fine lines of blue ink on paper. The works are complete only when sealed in glass cases made with an adjustment to a small-scale vitraux technique developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, for their preservation.
Maria Kofterou was born in Cyprus in 1986. She studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts during which time she completed a studentship at the Slade School of Fine Art of the University College, London. She also studied Philosophy at the University of Cyprus. She has taken part in art exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad such as Mirror Κάτοπτρο at the Limassol Municipal Arts Centre in 2020 and Lefkara Lace, Modi and Modulations at the council of Europe in Strassbourg, organised by UNESCO in 2017.
In 2021 she co-curated alongside Andros Efstathiou the group exhibition Paper at Is not gallery. Her practice consists of drawings on paper, illustrations, artisanal glass, and murals as a member of Deltacron Crew in Nicosia where she lives and works.
Duration: November 25 – December 10
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00-13:00 – 15:00-18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 14:00