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Elli Antoniou

b.1995, Birmingham, UK
lives and works in London (UK)

Elli Antoniou (b.1995, Birmingham, UK) is a London-based artist, who creates ‘metallic drawings’. Antoniou has devised a hybrid technique combining gestural drawing and industrial processes. She uses a range of abrasive tools to subtly alter the metallic surface, transforming its reflective and refractive properties to create metallic panels with ethereal imagery. This technique proposes scaleless fluid cosmoi in perpetual motion, where these ‘metallic drawings’ are activated by the environmental light.

Her practice is a meditation on screens, delving into their profound influence on our perception of time and space. She explores the vanishing present and its nature as a moment of indefinite metamorphosis. Antoniou’s narratives mirror her view on the current digital age marked by semiotic inflation; when information and images melt into pure movement, morphing into a choreography of synthesis. As her sculptures continuously regenerate under the play of light, they become fictional screens for an unfolding parallel reality, whose world she is gradually shaping.

Antoniou holds an MA Degree in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2018-2020), with a scholarship from NEON Organisation for Culture and Development and a BA in Fine Art & History of Art from Goldsmiths University of London (2014-2017). She has been awarded the ARTWORKS 2022-23 Fellowship by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Greece. She has participated at the Palazzo Monti residency programme (2023), Brescia, Italy and at the Roman Road studios programme, London, U.K. (2023). Her recent exhibitions include things fall apart; the centre cannot hold, Tabula Rasa Gallery (London, 2023); _overlapping moments of a slightly present, Saigon (solo, Athens, 2021); Halls of Mirrors, PLOP (London, 2023); *pinch* to zoom, Generation & Display (London, 2023); Warm Reflections On Black Ice, Saigon & Rosa Stern Space (Munich, 2023); Excursion II, The Split Gallery (London, 2023); Recursion I, The Split Gallery (London, 2023); Doomed Companions, Unsubstantial Shades, Hellenic Residence (London, 2022, Supported by NEON Organization for Culture and Development); Moon White Moth, Saigon & PTX (Athens, 2022); Back to Athens 9: No Apocalypse Now, Isaiah Mansion (Athens, 2022); THE DEEP END, Two Thirds (Athens, 2022).

things fall apart; the centre cannot hold, Tabula Rasa London, November 2023

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