My paintings are mirrors and they portray inner, psychological states rather than an objective reality. I create my paintings in silence –that is in the absence of thought. Often, there is a sense of narrative, of something that is happening at a specific space or time. Sometimes, it’s a purely expressive act.
My creative practice has been influenced by depth psychology, the collective unconscious and the work of pioneers in the field of consciousness research and expanded states of consciousness. It is influenced by my experiences in therapeutic work in these states, where time and space are not linear. In that sense, my artworks have a spiritual dimension, as I seek to make these inner images and dynamics appear on the canvas surface. My conscious contribution is to achieve a sense of flow, balance and harmony between these figures.
The process of creating the artworks is always dynamic; they are formed through multiple layers, and the final composition is usually very different than the initial strokes. It is a process of discovery and understanding for me as an artist. In that sense, I am not interested in putting these painting in the context of their creation; I am more interested in what emotions, images or ideas they provoke to the viewer.
Myrto Papadaki is a visual artist, designer and educator, born in Chania, Greece.
She holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Visual Communication (2014) and a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design (2013) from the University of Derby, as well as, a certificate in Illustration and Comics from Ornerakis School of Applied Arts.
In 2017 she was one of the three scholars from Europe to be awarded the Erasmus Mundus JMD scholarship to study Adult Education at the Universities of Glasgow and Malta, where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (2018) with a focus in community arts, participatory practice and trauma-informed arts education.
Since 2015 she is in training towards becoming a certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner (Grof transpersonal training).
Her art has been exhibited in several shows and festivals in Greece, UK and USA. Since 2010 she has been facilitating creative workshops in various contexts.
2019 –“Spaces in Between” – Diverse People Society, Chania Greece.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 – “Summer Cravings” – RedD Gallery, Chania Greece.
2020 – “For the Love of Art II” online contemporary collective – Envision Arts, Dallas TX.
2019 – “Human Trace” – ChiliArt Gallery, Athens Greece.
2019 – “Rituals” – The Lit Exhibit, Brooklyn NY.
2019 – “Contemporary Madonnas” – ArtZone42 Gallery, Athens Greece.
2019 – “Shadows” – DebebeGallery, Athens Greece.
2018 – “Equinox” – The Island Gallery, Bristol UK.
2015 – “Clear Water”– Sabbionara cultural space, Chania Greece.
2014 – Athens International Video Art Festival – Technopolis, Athens Greece.
2013 – “Kaleidoscope” –The Art Foundation (TAF), Athens Greece.
2012 – Art is Hard Festival – Peloponese Station, Athens Greece
2011 – “International Poster Competition Finalists”- National Gallery ChifteAmam, Skopje.