Empty Space
Eva Kalpadaki

Exhibition: 25th July – 9th August 2009
Open: Thurs – Sun, 1-5pm
PV: Friday 24th July, 7-9pm

Grey Area Gallery is pleased to present Empty Space, a photographic body of work by artist Eva Kalpadaki. Empty Space explores the relationship of the abstract photographic image to the inner world, and also notions of exteriority and interiority as these relate to the transition from the unconscious to conscious reality. The photographs negotiate an abstract photographic space of emptiness as a potential space of abstraction between a psychic space of subjective projection and an objective material space of aesthetic contemplation.

In her work, Eva is interested in the psychological aspects of the abstract image, which sees the concept of abstraction in photography as situated in an uneasy territory that not only negotiates the status of the photographic sign between the iconic and the indexical, but also between the objective world and the subjective expression of it.

She is exploring the formal problem of the emptiness by drawing mainly upon Donald Winnicott’s psychoanalytic ideas of transitional phenomena in an intermediate area of experience between the internal and external reality. Within this area – the potential space, creativity originates as a zone of fictive play and free mentation that facilitates the subject’s journey from ‘what is subjectively conceived of’ to ‘what is objectively perceived’ throughout his/her development towards adaptation in the reality world.

Flirting and playing with the real she enters a performative creative process where she intervenes in the construction of the images with the gestural act of placing pieces of thread in the space of reference. Out of this play abstraction emerges as a journey about the real, a journey following the route of a circle; beginning in the real world, withdrawing to an inner world of unconscious processes and returning back to reality. The line that draws this space is both abstract and concrete, both abstract and figurative creating multiple directions in a photographic space of emptiness, which eventually appears full of potentialities waiting to be realised. It is a transitional line, which implies that the relationship between inner and outer reality can be performed and can become a space of action and intervention.

Eva Kalpadaki lives and works in Brighton. Eva was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship to undertake a PhD research in Photography. She has recently completed her PhD at the University for the Creative Arts. Empty Space is the practical outcome of her research.