Athena Papadopoulos

b. 1988, Toronto, Canada. Lives and works in London

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Athena Papadopoulos, Smurfette, CHEWED UP, 2017, Installation View. Photo Tim Bowditch
Athena Papadopoulos, Smurfette, CHEWED UP, 2017, Installation View. Photo Tim Bowditch

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Athena Papadopoulos’ multidisciplinary practice combines photographs from her personal archive with found images of excess and absurdity, alongside a combination of unusual materials to create eccentric and unexpected paintings and sculptures. For her invites show in 2015, Papadopoulos created a cluster of bodily fabric sculptures and a wall-based canvas, stained with substances such as Pepto Bismol and red wine, and layered with hand drawn and collaged elements. Papadopoulos' objects suggest riotous narratives where fact and fiction are uncertain, and where protagonists remain mysterious and motives unclear. Smurfette, CHEWED UP (2017), is indicative of these narratives, containing a multitude of idiosyncratic materials such as freeze dried worms, hair dye and lingerie in collaboration with each other to create a unique and unflinching sculpture critically reflecting societial perceptions of femininity back to the viewer.