Even as she opens up her work to textiles and, more significantly perhaps, to the inclusion of text, the works on show also indicate the continuity of her concerns, formal as well as conceptual.
Following from her previous show in the gallery, objects are once again cast in a lead role in the exhibition. Their materiality and their “objecthood” are at the forefront of an enquiry carried out through a concise vocabulary of means, methods and materials. Bachlitzanaki explores the potential and different possibilities of the process of casting, cast plaster and wax in generating forms that are invested with a wide range of imaginative associations and perpetually toy with the idea or recognisability, while also drawing on design, notions of the decorative, craft and the readymade. Her works hinge on a sense of ambiguity, of existing in an in-between state: between reality and illusion, utility and lack of apparent function and in this way they open up broader questions concerning the nature of the work of art and its relationship to other objects and commodities.
Similarly to the sculptural objects, the texts we come across in the show are disengaged from their previous, varied contexts. These range from graffiti that has shaped the city centre’s linguistic landscape in recent years, to literature, to a phrase someone once said that resonated.
Irini Bachlitzanaki was born in Athens, Greece in 1984. She studied History of Art at UCL and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts in London. In 2015 she presented her first solo show in Athens. In addition to her work as an artist, she has also worked as a curator. Irini is currently enrolled in the postgraduate programme of the Royal Academy Schools in London.