Briefly eternal


Hallucinations and tempi #3 – #7
2022, fused glass, laser engraving on stainless steel, 74 x 52 x 11 cm, 64 x 45 x 10 cm, 64 x 45 x 10 cm, 64 x 45 x 10 cm, 64 x 45 x 10 cm

Remembering air
2022, stainless steel, bisque fired clay (Terracotta, Calcium Bentonite, found ores), 180 x 50 x 50 cm

Thinking more of the future #1 – #3
2022, stained glass, stainless steel, 190 x 80 x 90 cm, 190 x 65 x 90 cm, 190 x 80 x 90 cm

Throughout 2021, Toumpouris filmed his process of experiencing the landscape of Cyprus during which he would utter and enunciate short verses of his motional and emotional somatic encounters:

Our senses include us

We are static, fragile and prone to changes

We are ephemera
The stratum is telling us we are ephemeral

We are still wondering about the horizon

Don’t expect anything more from the landscape, just moments of clarity and openness

There is definitely something in the morning sun

The wall pieces titled Hallucinations and tempi are sharing these verses, disfiguring their language through remnants of bodies and fragments of the landscape.

In Remembering air, a steel structure holds ceramic reliefs that contain grinded ores from the encountered territories and calcium bentonite clay. They depict vocal cords in different instances of pronouncing the same verses out loud, following the mutations of our own matter.

Toumpouris’ treatment of clay over the years resulted in an open-ended choreography of hand gestures. Tableaux vivants of these embodied rituals are shared in the works Thinking more of the future, signaling the worship of land and creating a new vocabulary to connect with the landscape, attempting to invent alternative linguistic connotations through an expanded idea of place.