"Unite the Parthenon" was created as a reaction to the movement calling for the reunification of the archeological sculptures of the Parthenon. Many sculptures that were removed and sold from the Parthenon's frieze, metopes, and pediments during the Ottoman occupation are now housed at the British Museum in London. The contemporary depiction of Athens' Classical ancient sites of human civilization speaks to our modern, present-day life and how the two identities coexist in this special city.
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Victoria Nixon Bailess is a Greek-American visual artist in central North Carolina.
ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a granddaughter of immigrants. The compositions I create serve as an outward expression of my Hellenic origins. Natural and architectural features of distinctive Grecian landscapes provide focal points within abstracted scenes of dreamy Cycladic islands, the rocky outcrop of the Acropolis, and lush rolling mountainous regions of the mainland. Fluid watercolors, inks, and watery acrylics are applied to cotton papers to create transparency and overlap— a metaphor for my intersecting identities as a second-generation Greek-American. Color-blocked shapes and negative spaces that breathe provide a subtle emphasis to characteristic cultural symbols such as the evil eye and classical columns. Intentional bohemian color choices create an air of nostalgia that echoes that of vintage travel posters. My artistic investigations not only nurture my connection to the Greek diaspora, they celebrate it.