“Life Twists” is a story about self-determination and commitment into one’s dream. Pulcheria is a young woman, raised in Thessaloniki, who studied arts and music before becoming a professional live-stock breeder. She was my classmate in the Fine Arts School in Ioannina, northern Greece and I have always admired her free and creative spirit. Back then we spent hours listening to music, watching movies, speaking about art and relationships, travelling, dreaming, exchanging letters, cooking, growing up. After graduation we lost contact for 5 five years as each of us tried to find our ways. Back in 2010 I left her doing mixed media art. When we met again in late 2015, together with her partner she was aprofessional livestock breeder, – to my eyes doing art with her life. Since then I have been visiting her frequently trying to capture fragments of the beauty of her commitment to her decision to follow her dream and build a way of life in direct relation with nature, a type of life reconciled with the circle of life and death. Today Poulcheria is a mother and has migrated to Germany.
*The scanned artworks that appear in the series were made by Poulcheria.
All images © Penelope Thomaidi
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