Greek sea depicted on silk prints

Flowing silk banners depicting the Greek sea and light are suspended in a hall of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. Artist Mary Schina’s silk prints highlight the size and depth of her new installation, presented to the public for the first time. Colors and light The installation, titled «Aegean Sea – Light and Colors,» is the second part of the trilogy «Aegean Sea – Archaic Writings,» which started seven years ago, to track the artist’s switch of subjects from nature and the countryside to the sea world. The work seems very striking as it stands among the other prints of the museum’s new permanent collection, «Prints,» with its clear blue colors and the reflections of the white light of the Lesser Cyclades. The artist went through various experimental stages and tried out different techniques to reach this result. She first made woodprints, photographed them and then printed them enlarged, digitally, on large silk prints at least 2.5 meters long. The process was not so simple and Schina even traveled to China to find the precise silk that would best bring out the surface of the sea. The concept of an art adventure into the depths of the sea had its roots in Schina’s childhood. The idea for the trilogy came almost naturally. Three exhibitions of paintings and prints made up the trilogy’s first part, titled «Aegeis,» the primeval area of the Aegean Sea. The third part will feature symbols from the Phaestus discus, writings on clay and prints that harmoniously coexist with the surface of the sea. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 154 Egnatia, Thessaloniki, tel 2310.240.002. «Prints» is open 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays as well as 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, through October 14.