Trying To Tame
"Dioramas are dead things.
They preserve the looks and the knowledge but not life. They are a desperate attempt to create or simulate lifeness or reality, which ends up in an even bigger realisation of death. That is where Alexis' melancholy comes in, the sadness for something that is not anymore. The diorama is an empty shell. With his graduation piece 'Trying To Tame' he really managed to work around this and to catch its spirit that was dear to him, without imitating it. This is a great achievement. By showing a photo one sort of simulates, just like in the dioramas, a reality. But he managed to take away the simulation, to turn it into paper with form and patterns of rocks. And then he carried it further and gave it a materiality by integrating the images -he has taken himself- into the space and recreating a reality, a reality that is present. And opposite to dioramas, maybe because he is not simulating, or not only simulating, there is hope again!"
(verdict of the graduation exam committee, Gerrit Rietveld Academy).
Trying To Tame is about longing for something out-of-reach. About missing what is gone. Like the childhood spent in my homeland, an island (Crete, Greece). Images of its rocks that I photographed last spring, evoke melancholy in me which makes me want to destroy them and rearrange them. To construct an alternative reality. Each piece is unique, temporary; of limited existence. It is composed anew every time it is exhibited and in the end it is taken down, destroyed and reduced to just paper. This is my way of trying to tame my melancholy.