An Interview with Yanni Floros [Part 2]

Day 10 of Lemonade’s countdown to Christmas, and the release of Lemonade Magazine 02, and today we thought, why should you have to wait for part 2 of our interview with Yanni Floros? We couldn’t come up with any reasons why you should, so here it is.

Lemonade Magazine: Do you see your work as a commentary on society? For instance your series of iconic weaponry have a disturbing beauty to them which raises a lot of questions, is this something you were aiming for with that particular series of works?

Yanni Floros: Yes. All my work, in particular my drawings, are about our human world, especially my new work. As for the weapons, you are exactly on the money. That’s why the guns are represented by themselves, in that way, you have no choice but to view them for their aesthetics. With the human hand removed the gun just is a piece of brilliant design made of many moving and precision parts. Once you add a human hand to that gun, it becomes something entirely different.

LM: Can you tell us a little about the reoccurring theme of masked people in your work? In particular the pieces ‘That which is owed’ and ‘Rescue me’

YF: The masking of people references a potential loss of identity. With the more technology we incorporate into our lives the more we are in danger of losing our sense of who we are and taking for granted the simpler things.  In ‘Rescue Me’ a heroic figure is facing the most dangerous situation for him BUT he is entirely prepared for that situation with his technology. Whether he makes it or not all depends on his choices, his mind. ‘That Which Is Owed’ has a similar theme. Both these figures carry a great weight of responsibility which we all share in our own way.

LM: Who are your favourite artists, past and present?

YF: I have many. Mostly from the past. The sculptors of ancient Greece, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Gian Lorenzo Bernini just to name a few.

LM: Do you have a particular material or brand of material that you swear by and use for all of your work?

YF: I like certain brands but not so much that I rely on them. Limiting yourself to one particular thing isn’t good. As artists, we always need to expand and grow.

LM: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for aspiring artists?

YF: If you want to get your work out there, enter every competition you can. Put yourself out there and don’t be concerned with rejection. It’s a part of life. I entered 10 competitions one year and got into 2. You got to just keep moving forward and work hard.

LM: What can we expect from you in the future and is there anywhere you would like your work to take?

YF: The focus has shifted slightly and the scale is a lot bigger. I’m happy that people respond to the work positively. That helps me keep moving forward.

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