Athen Kunst

Interview. Dimitra Gkoutzou

A multidisciplinary artist and philosopher from Greece who is passionate in examining the creative process and the significance and context of artworks. She holds an Integrated Master in Fine and Applied Arts and is now pursuing a Master's in Philosophy and Arts."
Untitled ,60x90cm ,oil on canvas
Untitled, 90 x 60 cm, oil on canvas

How art came into your life?
Due to the fact that my father is a painter, art has been a part of my life since I was a little child. I first learned about it as a means of inventing and engrossing myself in my own unique fairy tale. Now, it is a method for me to reflect, have fun, and most importantly, connect with other people and myself.

Untitled ,60x90cm ,oil on canvas
Untitled, 60 x 90 cm, oil on canvas

Which topics do you mostly deal with?
Through the investigation of themes like memory, experience, alienation, emotions, surrealism, perception, and nature, my artwork delves into the complexities of the human condition. I explore the theme of alienation in my untitled painting series, „Alienated Landscapes,“ by examining the disconnection between people and their surroundings. I encourage reflection on this bond by evoking a sense of unease through surreal and monochromatic imagery. This series focuses on how our actions and attitudes affect how we interact with the natural world and the environment, and it encourages reflection on the complexities of that relationship. Through the lens of the „Other,“ philosophers like Emmanuel Levinas have investigated how the natural world and our sense of self are related. This philosophy uses the term „Other“ to describe something(an entity or individual) other than ourselves.

Can you tell us a little about the process used to create your paintings?
„A key part of my artistic process is using my own personal mythologies and symbols to explore the complexity of the human experience. In order to give my paintings depth and movement and to convey a tale that connects with the viewer’s emotions and experiences, I use contemporary oil painting techniques like wet on wet, impasto, and sfumato. I create a distinctive and intimate tales that examine the common human predicament by combining mythology and symbols. My goal in using my approach is to create a space for introspection and meditation that encourages the audience to consider their own personal mythology. I feel that art has the ability to engage the spectator on a deeper level.

What do you think about before going to sleep?
My mind drifts to the depths of my emotions, ideas, and sense of self when the day comes to an end and my head meets the pillow. It’s an opportunity for me to connect with my deepest self as well as a time for thought and introspection.

What item would you be lost without?
My canvas is a defining part of who I am. It is where I pour my heart and soul into every stroke, crafting masterpieces that reflect my deepest thoughts and emotions. It’s my personal haven, a meditative escape that provides balance and serenity in my life. Without it, I’d be adrift, lacking the outlet to truly express myself. My canvas is not just a material possession, but a vital piece of my daily routine and essential for my well-being.

Artist. Dimitra Gkoutzou
Artist. Dimitra Gkoutzou

What is coming next?
I’m presently researching the myth of Medusa and drawing inspiration from it for my most recent series of artworks. The story of Medusa is a rich source of creative material that I am eager to explore using my own artistic vision and techniques due to its themes of power, deceit, and transformation as well as the idea of alienation. By exploring the sense of remoteness and isolation that is essential to the Medusa myth, I intend to examine it via my work and offer a new interpretation of this myth. In the case of Medusa, her experience of being ostracized and marginalized speaks to the pain of being „the Other“that yet holds a significant impact on our sense of self. This brand-new body of work, which explores the complexity of power, transformation, and the human experience, has caught my attention, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.

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