Stella Kapezanou is a visual artist composing complex, ironic and sometimes obscure works which draw their inspiration from capitalistic and materialistic western societies.
The artist’s point of departure is the very ‘aesthetics of consumption’, and therefore she draws her images from the ‘everyday’ life of people and the relations which bind them to objects, places and times.
She is intrigued by subjects that are not considered ‘high art’ but rather ‘ordinary’, in the sense that they are familiar to the viewers’ eyes, and she strives to define the real relations between ‘men’ and their ‘things’. As a matter of fact, Kapezanou focuses her attention on the representation of the very absence of relations.
Her subjects don’t quite intersect, but rather exist as marionettes, subject to the changes of their environment – a naturalistic approach which renders the receiver an impotent actor in a fake world.
Kapezanou’s paintings are too picture perfect, of almost advert-like impeccability, connecting unrelated possibilities in a single context. Her contradictory style arises from this interplay of impossible situations and everyday actors – something we meet in the theater of the absurd. Depicted scenes that could never quite occur such as the ideal sky, the perfect green grass and the sceneries as carved out as if taken out from Hollywood series become her artistic tools for uncovering a shallow and hollow reality.
The world gets captured not as it appears, but as the artist wants to perceive it. By depicting such scenes in a totally personal artistic interpretation, a new world is created, where life reproduction happens not according to a mere external reality but according to the critical mood of the artist.