The catalyst for my artistic work is my experience of many-years long medical work in laboratories and the subsequent realization that several dynamic micro-landscapes are created in there. The formation of these micro-landscapes is resulting from the reaction of the space itself and its equipment with the people, transitive and itinerant, its occasional or permanent users. So, using the medical laboratory equipment, test tube racks, graduated cylinders, petri dishes as infrastructure and background of my micro-sculptures, I thus create small-size installations. I reconstruct or mainly create different laboratory landscapes, labscapes, highlighting each time different aspects and conceptual values ​​of each one of them. The cold, impersonal laboratory space enlivens by placing in there small wax or clay busts of its imaginary occupants. I then illuminate and photograph these installations creating a special scenographic sense, unique for each one, emphasizing its particular conceptual value. [Installation, "Lab-scapes", 40X120X60cm, clay, wax, medical equipment, plexiglass, ricepaper, 2015] ©Mania Efstathiou

The implicit aesthetic of nature’s entropy and harmony, as it is illustrated in brain sections of the atlas of C. Paxinos and C. Watson, “The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates”, was the stimulus for the creation of this set of artworks. The sections were incorporated in my artistic environment and created the Brainscapes cerebral sceneries. This set of works was created at the invitation of the Greek Society for Neuroscience on the occasion of the International Brain Awareness Week, which is organized worldwide by the Dana Alliance for the Brain Initiatives of Dana Foundation. ["Brain-scapes", plate 109, 65X50cm, digital collage printed on plexiglass, 2016] ©Mania Efstathiou

"Brain-scapes", plate 54, 65X90cm, digital collage printed on plexiglass, 2016 ©Mania Efstathiou

"Brain-scapes", plate 98, 65X90cm, digital collage printed on plexiglass, 2016 ©Mania Efstathiou

"Melting Body", 65X50cm, digitally generated image on plexi, paraffin wax, 2015 ©Mania Efstathiou

"Reflecting Upon Brain", 65X60cm, digitally generated image on plexi, 2016 ©Mania Efstathiou

"Melting Head", life-size head, wax, parrafin wax, wick, plexiglass, 2014 ©Mania Efstathiou

Mania Efstathiou