This is my artwork “The Secret Garden” for the group exhibition "Inside Boxes - Beyond Borders". The exhibition was part of Knowledge in a Box symposium.
Simoni presents “The Secret Garden”, a wooden box marked on the exterior with her graffiti representational logo, whereas its interior is filled with sand. The delicate, girly face on the external surface reveals a renewed interest on the subject of beauty and goes beyond traditional notions: it connects beauty with a new genre of humanism and moral value. The construction’s interior with its load of sand may actually allude to the secure, enclosed garden (hortus conclusus). Alternatively, the sand itself may be construed as a suggestion to the transient female identity, which is perpetually in a constant flux.
Text: Konstantina Drakopoulou