Front Cover- Michele Tragakiss, Hope
Happy Christmas World!
In honour of this cosy month but also mindful of the current political, societal, cultural contexts we find ourselves in globally; this month’s piece is one aptly titled ‘hope’.
Created by Michele Tragakiss, an abstract expressionist originally from California; her work focuses on bridging the gap between the dream world and reality. Michele describes her method and work as a visual stream of her subconscious, an idea well acknowledged in many artistic circles (e.g. at the heart of surrealism, in which artists utilise techniques they believe unlock their unconscious minds -deeply influenced by the ideas of the psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud).
The mesh of bold yet soothing colour creates a sense of tentative optimism. Together with the juxtaposition of central brush strokes that blend pleasingly into the background- is a kind of containment; an idea that in the end, no matter what, all will be, quite well.
Now that’s a sentiment worth toasting to…