Painting Exhibition at Pillow Urban Stay;
Art, culture, and their dissemination were from the first moment
a top priority of our hotel. Other than all
the other cultural actions we have organized,
our paths met with Zoi Tzimitra, an architect and
visual artist from Kilkis, who has been
painting and making collages for 12 years. Being inspired
by the human form and nature, through lines and colors she captures images,
thoughts, and paths in her special way,
relishing the joy of creation.
This joy met our love for every form of art;
after all, through the actions of Pillow Act we try
to bring to the fore and promote culture in all its aspects.
Thus, was born the idea of an exhibition of her paintings
at Pillow Urban Stay entitled “Cartes Postales”.
Through this exhibition, which lasts from September 2nd to November 5th,
we will have the opportunity to enjoy
30 watercolor paintings of Tzimitra inspired by
her travels and memories,
captured in her special style.
Therefore, to get acquainted a little better with both the work
and life of Mrs. Tzimitra, we addressed her 9+1 questions
which she answered with great pleasure!
Are you ready to find out more about her?
1. Initially, when did you start consciously dealing with art?
Did you feel from the start that this would be something
that would define you?
I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, I was
the ordinary student who filled the desk with caricatures of teachers.
However, the catalyst was my studies in
architecture, where in addition to my involvement with the visual arts within
the school curriculum, I also became acquainted
with the history and theory of art. Later, around 2010,
my involvement with painting became consciously more intense
as I realized that it was a passageway of
expression and functionality,
a role it still maintains to this day.
2. Dealing with art consciously, especially in our country,
is a difficult path for someone to follow. What do you
think someone should be armed with to succeed?
Mainly through persistence and having a vision. After
realizing the need to express myself through painting,
the path was a one-way street.
3. You have mentioned before that at 17 you got to know the magic
of reading and immersing yourself in the library.
Do you feel that as the years pass,
reading books has gained or lost followers?
It is now clear that in today’s world, images and
digital conveniences dominate everyday life,
which has shifted us away from less user-friendly
forms of communication and complex assimilable apperceptions.
However, I do not believe in any way that the need to convey a story,
to analyze an idea or a thought has faded or diminished today and vice versa.
I see, for example, books that are first promoted in their digital form through
websites, social media, and excerpts are then published,
which makes me hope that reading books
will always gain a following by any means.
4. A life without any form of art: how do you imagine it and
what color would you liken it to?
Ah...you are describing a desert to me. The infinite beige I would say.
5. If you could no longer take up painting, what form of art
would you like to dive into?
I confess that I have not thought about giving up painting.
I imagine I’d engage in writing, which is also a way of
composing images and feelings.
I like poetry, and I write lines here and there.
6. How important do you think it is for children to be involved
and engaged with art from an early age?
What does society have to gain from this?
What a nice question!
Allow me to answer you in the capacity of a teacher,
as for the last two years I have had the pleasure of giving art lessons
to children and teenagers
at the Kilkis Art Association.
It is fundamental - not just important - for children to engage and preoccupy
themselves with art; especially today when children are on the receiving
end of so much data, of dubious and often conflicting reliability,
the need for the refuge of art
will help them express and communicate healthily
and creatively, while balancing and developing
their talent and imagination.
I believe that through art, a child gains a
joyful daily life and strong self-confidence.
7. The style in which you create your works is particularly
characteristic, which makes them recognizable among others.
Would you like to experiment with
something completely different?
Of course! I want to learn, to develop. I believe that
we only live through our evolution, otherwise we simply survive life.
8. If you had the opportunity, what changes would you like
to bring about in the way art - especially visual art -
is taught (if it is taught at all) in Greek schools?
In Greece, unfortunately, we have limited education to the
narrow framework of the Panhellenic Examinations,
which aim at a comfortable future livelihood.
On the contrary, education should educate,
that is, mold a student to develop expression and expand knowledge.
One thing is for sure, being involved in art develops the personality
of the child and leads to the creation
of a balanced adult. This should be the basic
guiding principle of Greek schools.
9. How did you imagine your future in your teenage
and early adult years and how close have you come to it?
Although our daily lives are flattening,
with frenetic paces and livelihood dead ends, I feel
grateful to be living a creative path that I share with my daughters and my
loved ones. This is perhaps the main common ground
with the vision of my teenage and early
adult years. I am still striving
for my dream of a better and fuller life.
10. Finally, what do you think will be the future of art and engagement with art in
the coming years in our country's provincial cities?
Do you see it as foreboding or are more and more people finding
interest in engaging and immersing
themselves in art?
I don't think people can escape from being involved in art.
Mainly because we have seen how their need for it has led them
to other forms of art, such as
dancing, singing, or creating
parietal art inside caves.
From what I know and see today, there is a good artistic dynamic
developing in the provinces, but for it to flourish as it can
and should, it needs a boost from the central administration, from the government.
The impetus of the artist or the effort of the
provincial cultural association with the few means at its disposal
is simply not enough. What is needed is for the central administration to open up to them,
in combination with the aforementioned that have been discussed, to change the curriculum, and the general mentality,
to incentivize, spread the idea, the knowledge, and the experience.
Now that we have gotten to know Zoi Tzimitra and her
work a little better, we are waiting for you
all at the ground floor of the hotel until November 5th,
to enjoy the exhibition and observe
the unique artworks inspired by Mrs. Tzimitra's travels.
We look forward to seeing you there!