“Seams in Time”
Maria Maragou about Voula Gounela’s work
“Returning one afternoon from Voula Gounelas’ atelier, I noted something about the Skyphos and the Cotylis (greek ancient vases), about the group of so-called pioneer potters of Attica in 590 BC, in relation to red-hot vases, in the 19th century abstraction, for the hard material of 20th-century sculpture, and the need of today, which remains the artist’s truth, beyond finding and inventing. The strong instinct and commitment to the project, far stronger than managing its production. In the works of Voula Gounela we’ll find the analysis of form in the geometrical shapes that make up their structure, the intersecting lines, the robust design of the original language, the history of the material from the time it became the raw material of the nest to the formation of protozoans and symbols in the world of the unknown life forms of the sculptor. The newest sculptures of V.G. refresh the game of materials, with the addition of porcelain. The possibilities and the difficulties that revise are the generations of shapes from the mythology of the symbols of life to reach the infinite seams in the body of fragile material. The dialogue with society leads to the seams and patches of the new treaty that are as old as the world. In the end, V.G.’s work requires a liberated mind and a pervasive conception to create the altars and offerings of our violent era.”
She was born in 1951 in Piraeus. She studied ceramics at the Faina Institute of Art in Italy and attended sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna, Italy.
She curated the organization of the International Olympic Museum of Sculpture-Ceramics. She is a member of the International Ceramics Academy, EETE. and founding member of the EKKE.
She has taught pottery in public and private schools and vocational seminars in Greece and Europe.
She has been awarded 3 Gold Medals at the International Fajena Italy Competition. First Ex-aequo Prize at the Grottalia Italy International Competition. Big & First Awards at the Panhellenic Pottery Exhibition.
She has participated in 12 international exhibitions by invitation and in 10 international exhibitions with a jury.
She had 8 solo exhibitions, and over 94 group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Her works are available at
Fenza International Pottery Museum,
Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete Rethymnon,
Strasbourg Media Library, Strasbourg,
Marousi International Ceramic Sculpture Museum,
Museum of Modern Greek Culture Athens,
Jingdezen Pottery Museum, Jiangxi, China,
Dafni Wallpaper Subway Station (Dimitris Mytaras project),
Gallery of Viannos Crete,
National Museum of Arandjelovac Serbia,
Museum of North Athens,
in private collections in Greece and abroad.
Opening: Tuesday, 28 January 2020, at 19:30
Duration: 28/01/2020 – 22/02/2020
Operating hours: Wednesday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:00
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00
Address: Solonos, 20 (106.73) Athens
Tel: 210 361 20 50