MA Fine Art - Central Saint Martins, 2022
Eleni Maragaki is a visual artist born in Athens and based in London. She studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (2013–18) and MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, UAL (2020–22), achieving Distinction and receiving the Mona Hatoum Bursaries Award. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, drawing, printmaking and video. In 2022, she was shortlisted for the Maison/0 Sustainability Award and she was the winner of the Tate Christmas Card Competition. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions including a screening at LUX Moving Image, London and a group show at Art Station Dubulti, Latvia.
Maragaki’s practice engages with geometry as a fundamental language that reveals an innate and intrinsic view of the world around us. She examines the structure, system and materiality of the geometric form in its natural or artificial state, as something that strives to outlive the mortal nature of the human. Her work poses questions related to human expansion and the value of the creation of a sustainable urban setting with the purpose of bridging the gap between urban construction and the natural environment.
"My practice is focused towards bridging the dichotomy between urban construction and the natural environment, as for me, architecture should be in constant dialogue with the landscape. I am interested in the formation of a sustainable way of living, which encompasses deliberate flaws and a rawness closer to nature rather than calculated accuracy. I aim to create, in a symbolic manner, a sustainable urban setting as a mirror of the fragility and airiness of the natural structures that surround it. As the dominance of the human presence often throws into question the boundaries between nature and culture, my work does not provide solutions but reflections, leading to more questions and less answers."