Cypriot visual artist Maria Loizidou discusses her art and what she worries about. She lives and works in Nicosia.
Maria Loizidou is a contemporary Cypriot artist who is well known for her sculptures, her installations, and her work in art video.
Born in 1958, she studied art at the National School of Fine Art in Lyon, France, then obtained a scholarship to study psychoanalysis in Paris with Armando Verdiglione, an Italian psychoanalyst, a disciple of Lacan. She also attended the sminars given by Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault.
These studies in psychoanalysis profoundly marked her work which integrates an experimental mode, and offers a consideration of collective history, and the personal memories of men. She thinks of art as a means of resisting conservatism: "a work of art can only be considered such if it offers a new message to the world."
Maria Loizidou works extensively with textile fabrics and also notably created a series of headless sculptures. In 1988, she represented Cyprus at the Venice Biennial with the piece The Myth of Ariane in three acts. She currently lives and works in Nicosia.