This work was created as part of the inaugural phase of Audible’s Newark Artist Collaboration. Image Credit: Rachel Fawn Alban, Courtesy of Audible, Inc.
“Diaphanous” / animation 5 minutes
One of my oldest visual memories is being wrapped in a colorful flowery 70’s sheet while my mother carried me around my grandparents’ backyard. I could see through the patterns of the sheet, the sunny surroundings and still remember the comfort and joy of being wrapped and looking at the world through the mesh of the fabric. I stayed forever attached to those flower patterns, rich motifs and as an adult I collected patterns and fabrics from every community I worked with.
For this animated artwork based on my composition “Passaic Waves / oldest memories” my beloved Newark is appearing from the Passaic as a collage of layers and patterns that represent the multiculturalism of our communities.
The skyline of Newark appears dressed up with fabrics and patterns (Lenape, British, French, Indian, Dutch, African, Caribbean, Chinese, Japanese, Philippine, Portuguese, Mexican, Scandinavian, German, Eastern European, and the like). The layers honor Newark’s migratory profile, its historic past, its multiple populations and its dynamic potential.
Four Corners Public Arts, Newark, NJ
Four Corners Public Arts is an ongoing collaboration between the City via Invest Newark, the Newark Downtown District (NDD), Newark Arts, and local property owners RBH Group and Paramount Asset that advocates for impact-driven, public art initiatives in and surrounding Broad St. and Market St. in Downtown Newark.
Eirini Linardaki in collaboration with Discovery Charter School (Newark, NJ)
Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont, NY
Permanent installation, aluminum, enamel paint, 2019.
The mural represents the children of the school within their daily activities and classes. The children of the school created their silhouettes during workshops with their art teachers and the artist. The patterns on their silhouettes tell the story of the different origins and the cultural diversity of the school environment.
Mairie de Paris 11eme
For this social housing and art project, I painted directly on the floor of the courtyard of the buildings of 125-127 rue de Charonne, using street marking techniques and the same color codes (white, yellow, red, blue).
I made a line grid (5cm wide) that diverts the movements of the tenants by visually modifying their daily routes, in order to symbolically create links between the tenants and their different trajectories, through the entrance doors ABCDEFGH.
Raise /public art installation
Branch Brook park, Newark N.J.
Several concepts inspired this project : one comes from one of my young sons, Odysseas, who often mind-travels to faraway places when he is in his classroom in Crete. I can imagine that when his teacher speaks of Ulysses' adventures on his return home to Ithaca, for example, my son is in the moment, like many students, journeying in his imagination along with fantastic beasts through mysterious seas.
L'arbre dans l'escalier,
French Institute Athens
The trunks were painted from trees outside the Institute, visible through the windows of the stairs and offices. The texts written on the trunks are quotations from authors mentioned by the staff of the IFA during their exchanges with us about the discovery of literature during their childhood and youth