Evangelia Pipila

Evangelia Pipila was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1981. She completed her Bachelor and Master studies in the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2009. She participated in various painting and engraving workshops of the School of Fine Arts , Universidad Complutense de Madrid ,Spain (2006 -2007). In 2009 , she received the 3rd award in a competition of Hellenic Post bank with subject: Social Liability – Environment and Economy. She worked for several years as an art teacher in private and public educational organisations. Since 2011 she lives and works in Berlin , Germany.

Artist Statement

My portraits are a contemporary reference to Fayum , ( is the modern term given to a type of naturalistic portraits painted on wooden boards attached to Egyptians mummies. They probably date from c. 30 BC to the 3rd century.) To the modern eye, the portraits appear highly individualistic.  The patrons of the portraits apparently belonged to the affluent upper class . Not everyone could afford a mummy portrait; many mummies were found without one. But there is more to the mummy portraits than that. They are, for one thing, soulful, in a literal as well as a colloquial sense, for these are images that were specifically designed to accompany their owners into the afterlife.

For my portaits ,I choose photos from random and unknown people that I find on the internet .Without having any clue about their lives, personalities, financial status, or if they are still alive , I try to make their own Fayum portrait . It is very easy to read the stories behind the paintings. To see the imposition of eternity against oblivion .And to question yourself "who I would have been if I had never gotten to know or seen the eyes of those who lived before me?". There is something profoundly disconcerting about gazing into the face of someone who lived so long ago, and have them look straight back at you – long and level, quizzical – in a way that simulates direct connection .
 My portraits are an ode to the random human being who strangled with the everyday life , like a modern Odysseus with the uncertainty of the journey of life but with a specific, and always the same ,destination .

Email : pipila777@yahoo.gr

Website : http://www.evangeliapipila.com/

Instagram : @evangeliapipila