Dimitra Bouritsa is a visual artist who creates visual stories about existence, human vanity, our relationship with nature, man’s multiple roles and masks, but also about beauty, the beauty in the creation of new life, the beauty within us.
Athens / Greece
Born in 1988, Dimitra Bouritsa studied Painting at Athens School of Fine Arts (2015-2020), Architecture at National Technical University of Athens (2006- 2012) and a Master course in Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels, Belgium(2013-2014).
She had her first solo exhibition in October 2018 and has participated in several group shows in important venues, such as Frissiras Museum and Phoenix Athens Gallery.
"Storytelling is the essence of human existence. Since Homer up to Netflix, this is what keeps human going. Gossip is the salt and pepper of life. Everyone has something to share, in one way or another, and in our days as we all know it is so easy, each and everyone creating their own personal myth and claims moments of fame among potential fans. In these difficult times we are living we are so much more eager for sharing stories, feelings, emotions, thoughts, it has become an absolute necessity, as human contact which the most natural things have become almost impossible, a restricted thing.
I try to tell stories too. My stories are about me, my family, things I see and experience in the street, camouflaged through the fantastic world of my imagination. Sometimes they are not even at all about real things, as a way of escape from the dullness of everyday life. Books and literature have been my best friends since childhood and continue to do so. My images are often inspired by them, mostly from the sensation they create in my mind, rather than the narrative itself.
Cultures and traditions of the world are also a great inspiration, especially the spoken tradition of folk tales, the rituals, the feasts, the whole spectacle and mysticism of ceremonies and costumes, the body painting and decoration and all the meanings and symbols they bear.
The surreal element is important to me. Animals and plants obtain a personality; they become supreme, while humans are minor. Sometimes they create hybrid creatures, coexisting in fairy tale landscapes. All that comes greatly from the subconscious but also from research into worldwide traditions and relating to some of them.
History of art, in west culture terms, is inevitably in my influences, and I try to integrate a hint, comment on it in my work, especially on certain periods that I find intriguing and sort of surreal in their extravagance and flamboyance, such as the baroque. It is interesting to observe that rituals exist in every aspect and moment of humans coexistence.
The female figure is dominant, either as in her human condition, either as a hybrid creature deriving from the fauna or flora kingdom, a creature between a monster and a deity. Woman’s nature, multiple as it is, evokes these associations and symbolisms, with numerous examples in the mythology and tradition of most civilizations.
Some themes derive from history, and mostly from history about colonization, stories of violence. You will not see violence in my work, as the goal is elevation, a sense of atonement.
In these difficult days, my mind wanders in places I have not yet been, in places I dream of going or simply made in my imagination. I try to translate my mixed emotions into pictures that have an optimistic essence and that would summon back to us all those things and feelings we so much have missed."
"Becoming a mother was the most wonderful thing. There are no words to describe the million different feelings that emerge every day from the moment I kept her in my arms. It is the best thing anyone could ask for. She is the most wonderful creature, she is my light, she gives happiness to everyone and everything that surrounds her. She gives me the motive to be a better person; her incredible existence makes me want to create beauty to match her, my heart bursts with colors.
Not all moments are easy, but even the trickier ones have their beauty no matter what and we all try to smile and find peace and calmness and go on.
I want the world to be a happy place for her, or at least a place with hospitality where she can believe in people, in human beings, see the beauty in them, and I hope and will try to give her everything to have that.
Children are the one and only meaningful thing in this life, and they deserve the merriest and fully lived on experiences childhood."