Corina Papafragkou: my work reflects my inner thoughts

It's impressive how a single story can inspire such diversity through different mediums! Visual artists from around the world are taking part in WHISTLE project, in an attempt to present a multi-sensory experience never attempted before in the Greek visual art scene. And that's because we do not think of visual art as an experience that when viewed fades away, but as an excuse, a triggering event, a reason to produce an artistic conversation and a literal dialogue with everyone interested. This is the way we feel visual art should work.

photograph by Katerina Zougrou

In this article, artist Corina Papafragkou shares with us, thoughts and impressions spawned by her participation in the creative process of WHISTLE project. 

What intrigued me the most, was two of the main characters of the story. The mythological creature and the old bride. At first, they seem unconnected, but in a way they contribute in the developent of the story in a very important way.

Any idea that comes to my mind, I try to realize into a new piece of art. Practically, my artwork is a manifestation of my inner thoughts. I believe that through work comes inspiration. So, in this project, I began my work creating some pre-sketches and then proceed fearther into more complete works.

In my works I usually use a large collection of materials. I really love a mixed media approach. In the case of WHISTLE project I used primerly oil colors, acrylics and ink.

To be honest, the idea of an open collaboration on a theme like that sparked my curiosity to learn more about it, at first. Later when I learned more about the story, I was hooked! It is something I have never done before and I really wanted to try it. I can't wait for the final exhibition!

I strongly believe people should visit the WHISTLE project exhibition. It is a unique opportunity to experience this "marriage" between all these different visual arts.  

photo by Katerina Zougrou

All works created for WHISTLE project by Corina, will be available to the public during the transmedia exhibition.

Corina (Kyriaki) Papafragkou was born in Athens (Greece) in 1980. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under professor Triantafyllos Patraskidis. She graduated in 2003 with honors. She also studied painting in the University Paris 8 grace to the program Socrates/Erasmus. She studied print - making under professors Michail Arfaras and Yannis Gourzis. She graduated in 2014 with honors. During her studies she also attended photography courses with George Katsaggelos and stage - design with Lili Pezanou. As an artist, she has set seven personal exhibitions and she has participated in group ones as well. She has also participated in international art symposiums in Slovakia. Since 2007 she designs and creates jewels from polymer clay. Since 2005 she is an official Arts teacher in public education in Greece. She also holds a Master degree in Special Education. She signs her paintings with the initials : "" and her jewels with the logo : "aRToi" which is the combination of two french words : "art" and "toi" ( meaning "art" and "you" ).

Find Corina Papafragkou at WEBSITE, WEBSITE2