Georgia Damopoulou, Averoff Vineyards
The Averoff Vineyards is a piece by a contemporary artist, Georgia Damopoulou. The piece was created on the occasion of the 30th anniversary from the founding of the Averoff Gallery in Metsovo, Greece. It is a weave made of resin and twine. It hangs at the entrance of the Papastratos building, which hosts some of the Alpha Bank divisions.
A tribute to Metsovo
The Averoff Vineyards seem to represent the map of Metsovo. It is a manual work, combining topographic design with the practices of embroidery and weaving. The piece is made of resin and twine.
The composition showcases the locations of the vineyards in the area, which follow the shape of the land, like layers. This is accomplished through a rendering of the area with its geophysical traits, the rises, the gaps, the curves, the impressions, and the play of light and shadow, falling on the mountains and slopes.
An impressive composition
The composition of the weaving follows an abstract linear flow. It is impressive and fierce, offering the audience the joy of discovery.
Damopoulou, through the rhythm of the design and the weave, was able to incorporate the animals and plants of the area. That makes the composition even richer.
The weaved design hangs from a copper rod. It gradually develops on a twine mesh.
According to the artist, everything is orchestrated on that mesh, which serves as an imaginary frame holding the design. This creates the coordinates of the land, like a kind of memory.
Her life in a nutshell
Georgia Damopoulou was born in Athens in 1969. She studied Painting and Scenography at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1991 to 1996.
In 1997 she studied at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts de Bourges in France. Between 2003 and 2009 she taught at the Psychology and the Media postgraduate programme of Panteion University.
Today she is an art director at the art workshops of the Korydallos Municipality (Ministry of Culture, Municipal Workshop Network).
A recognised contemporary artist
Damopoulou was honoured with the 1st prize of the Ministry of Culture Melina Mercouri award in 1999.
She has held solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
The occasion for creating the piece
The piece was created specifically for the exhibition “Lands of Creation, a Tribute to Metsovo”. The exhibition was sponsored by Alpha Bank.
The occasion was the 30th anniversary from the founding of the Averoff Gallery at Metsovo. 64 contemporary Greek artists participated in the exhibition with original pieces.
An important asset
The Averoff Vineyards by Damopoulou is an assemblage that belongs to the Alpha Bank Art Collection.
The piece decorates the lobby of the Papastratos building in Piraeus, hosting some of the Alpha Bank divisions.
The work of art in our publications
The Averoff Vineyards by Georgia Damopoulou is referenced in the Alpha Bank Mazi magazine (issue 68, July-August 2020).