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"Take a Second" an NCAD Grad Show Installation

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Take a Second explores the conflict between a person’s desire to express their struggles, ideas and aspirations, and the fear of hindering a relationship due to vulnerability. This is accomplished through self portrait photography, abstract painting and text. The audience first meets a collection of prints pressed under a display case which illustrate the artist’s suppressed emotions. Above that, prints hung on the wall to show her will to share those emotions. Moving further into the space, Miltiadi displays a print where she overlays a stream of consciousness diary entry about her current struggles (written in red), and a poem which highlights how one bad story can ruin someone’s perception of you (written in blue) next to her self portraits following the same colour scheme. This layering process creates an anaglyph code which can only be read under specific conditions that the audience can trigger. Therefore, the audience can impact how the work is read and are taken on a journey starting with confusion and ending with clarity. The more you read, the more you learn about the artist and her struggles. 
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"Second Skin"

I chose to create a constructed reality through photography where I layered dried paint- found on a palette- over my self portrait. The dried paint is meant to represent how the art educator is forced to abide by the structure of the education system because it covers the artist and hides their true values. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s entirely a negative experience because the dried paint is merely a thin layer that can be peeled to reveal the true artist. This layer is a prison to some while to others it is simply a fragile layer of dead skin that will shed as they grow as artists and as educators.
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