Dimitra Grivas: The constant artist
The multi-faceted artist divides her time between painting and the cement product processing company that she owns. Poetry, writing and Athens are her passion. Her need to convey the simplicity and beauty that the raw material exhibits, was one of the greatest challenges that she tried to face in reaching for her creative idea on a multi-dimensional level. So, what’s up?
What city need does your creative ideas meet? / How many times have the frantic rhythms of everyday life pushed us to find refuge in reading a book, watching a play or a period movie? That’s how we integrate art into our daily lives. In his essay entitled “What is Art?”Leon Tolstoy stated that art is a way of developing and progressing as a human being. It must be treated purely as a form of pleasure and perceived as one of the fundamental conditions of life . I try to fill this gap with my own creations based on the Bauhaus model. A unified art form that combines poetry, painting and sculpture based on simplicity, capable of being a way of communication between people. Concrete art and its creations, introduce the need for simplicity and functionality into the daily life of my city, taking advantage of the current challenges.
What does Athens mean to you? / Athens is not just the place where I was born, developed my skills and became active, it is my point of reference. Athens presents a diverse personality if I would compare it to a living organism. It is the amalgam of the culture of the people who happened to meet at this place. And this can be seen from a simple stroll through the Mets neighbourhood or from a visit to the new Athens Gallery and the National Museum of Contemporary Art or the Athens Biennale. It is a metropolis that promotes the artistic osmosis of a multitude of artists meeting and conversing at this crossroads.
What was your greatest challenge? / My need to convey the simplicity and beauty displayed by the raw material itself, whether it’s a simple emotion in poetry, or a simple design and functionality in painting and concrete art, was one of the biggest challenges I had to face in implementing my creative ideas on a multidimensional level. Also, the need to communicate this way of creative thinking in a different society like that of Moscow and the interaction with artists and art centers there, has repositioned some of the pieces on my creative canvas differently.
How do you imagine Athens after the pandemic? / If I could give a title to the post-pandemic episode it would be Creative Explosion or Creation Again. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to face a new kind of challenge. Many people took refuge in art during this period to deal with the lockdown. Reading books or watching online theatrical performances and digital painting exhibitions or creative thinking on the part of artists makes clear the innate need of human beings to feel something new, something unprecedented to which art will take them. All this accumulation of creativity will be released, offering all of us a mosaic of emotions.