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Stella Issa

Stella Issa

As an artist, but as a human, first and foremost – I believe that it is essential to our existence to create and, through experimentation, find new forms of communication. My practise revolves around psychological explorations and, more precisely, the study of perception and experience of visual arts through painting. Art is a human phenomenon; from its manifestations of cave painting onwards, aesthetics is, indeed, a psychological process. As the theory of “being” is profound in my practise which involves the exploration of human existence’s complexity, not just as flesh and bones, but as a carrier of inner psychological worlds and a reflection of the landscapes of trauma, experiences, and journeys. The human figure, mainly the body, is presented in my practise – not in its idealised form; quite the contrary. I explore the density of the figure with the use of the “female gaze”. I was always drawn with the idea that humans are still compelled to portray an exaggerated, romanticised version of themselves. Perhaps, the complexity I am referring to stirs from the need to speak from experience about the whole scope of the complexity of life. With additive and subtractive elements, my current work explores various materials and processes where I reduce the figure in its natural course, embracing both virtues and vices. I depict the body as a complex identity, interpreting situations, creating imagery of existing or imaginary people through an extended, mostly experimental, process making.

The beginning of my art practise, initiated at Nottingham Trent University, in which I obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts. The concepts and themes explored were reflections of the changes I was experiencing at the time, like belonging, misplacement, or identity. Upon completion, I immediately commenced a Master’s Degree in Special (Inclusive) Education at the European University of Cyprus, as I wanted to further develop and enrich my knowledge on art psychotherapy, both for my practice and for the future. Since then, I am a practicing artist located in Cyprus, and have participated in group shows in Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

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