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Aris Katsilakis
 Born 1974
 Lives and works in Serres, Greece.
 Aris Katsilakis’s work is attempting to express the artist’s agony and worry towards the
 violent changes that the genetic material of earth’s organisms are being put through,
 in order to adapt to the rapid changing modern environment. His work is informed by
 genetically  modifi ed  organisms,  genetic  pollution  and  genetically  altered  products.
 Focusing on natural form elements like plants, nests, cocoons, vital organs, fruits, living
 organisms, and through adopting different viewpoints and angles of perception, Katsilakis
 builds new “bio-forms”.
 Looking at nature’s forms from a different perspective began unconsciously in Katsilakis’s
 early childhood, since among his very fi rst memories are the ones of his artist father studying
 natural forms to gain inspiration for his ceramic artworks. Later on and whilst studying in
 the Fine Arts University of Athens Katsilakis discovered nature as an inexhaustible source of
 ideas and inspiration. That was the beginning of his own journey creating organic forms.

 The most common material used in Katsilakis’s  artworks is coloured wrapping and
 tissue paper, which undergoes a repeated process of layering and moulding with glue
 to  create  the  conceived colour  result.  Recycled, useless materials: signs of  a hyper-
 consuming  society,  industrial residues of  the  modern  world;  plastic, rubber,  carton,
 newspapers, strings, unprocessed wool - all materials that are worn by time, charged
 with ‘memories’ of their previous use, are being put through a process of re-composition
 and transformation to be given a new life.

 Katsilakis believes that with their unique properties and ‘memories’ they become part of
 the creative process, by which he is trying to present a new reality. A reality that aims to
 trigger the viewer’s senses, so they don’t remain uninvolved but feel as a co-perpetrator
 and  a  part  of  this  charmingly  ugly,  imaginative  nature  that  he  believes  refl ects  the
 mutation that organic life suffers under modern man.

 ARIS  KATSILAKIS  was  born  in  Romania  where  his  parents  were  expatriated  and  in  1980  he  was
 repatriated in Greece where he lives and works. In 1998 Katsilakis enrolled at the Fine Art School of the
 Tinos Island, famous for its long history in marble producing and sculpting. He graduated from there
 in 2001 with a scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Athens, progressing
 his studies in the Sculpture Workshop Department with Professor I. Papagiannis and in Photography
 Workshop with Professor M. Babousis, both distinguished artists in their fi eld. Between 2007 to 2011
 Katsilakis taught sculpture as a Lecturer (407/80) of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University
 of Western  Macedonia and since 2011 teaches Plastic and Pottery  in the  Department  of Interior
 Architecture, Interior Design and Drawing Objects in Technological Educational Institution of Serres,
 Greece. Katsilakis presented 2 solo exhibitions held at Kaplanon 5 (Athens) and House Papavasileiou
 (Serres),  and  in  numerous  group  exhibitions  including;  Baton  7  2012,  Gallery  Zoumboulakis  (2012),
 Gallery  Myro (2011),  Kaplanon, House Shina, 8th Festival  of Ancient Amphipolis,  Greece, (2007),
 Lambrakis, Municipal Gallery of Kallithea, Greece (2007), 12th International Month of Photography
 2005, 11th International Month of Photography 2004 and exhibited work at the Biennale Internazionale
 Vicenza  2002, Venice,  Italy (2002). His works  are  located  in  private collections  and  public
 spaces worldwide.

          Above: Mutation, 2010, Coloured wrapping paper, recycled materials.
          h: 60cm w: 105cm d: 110cm.

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