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Ode to the present | Daphne Christoforou ceramics

Curved mirror, absurd moments, the creation of our present based on a thousand-year-old method—these are the expressions that come to mind when we see Daphne Christoforou’s vases, while the words of John Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn fit ideally: “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty—that is all / Ye know on earth and all ye need to know.”

The artwork of Cypriot artist Daphne Christoforou is not only evoked on canvas. Her paintings are also imbued with a special atmosphere of the present, but the vases take us to a totally different world—or, we remain in the same world but in a different era.

Daphne’s career in the arts looked promising from the start: she graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded Student Illustrator of the Year in 2015, followed by the Adobe Design Achievement Award. Her work is narrative-centered; her central theme is processing unnecessary impulse-free and emotion-driven Buddhist teachings. Her work first manifested itself in writing and drawing, which eventually continued in ceramics and textiles. The change in the process of pictorial representation is not only visually present but is followed by an emotional narrative that manifests itself in the interpretation of the final work. A completely different channel with a reinterpretable message.

Her works are based on contemporary problems, current situations, and everyday moments, which are not infrequently complemented by mythological figures or situations. By mixing socially critical pieces with motifs reminiscent of the ancient Greeks, we get an exciting fusion that reminds us that there is one constant: art and human intrigue.

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