Mason School of Art | Maria Karametou (Faculty) featured in July issue of German magazine SMCK
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Maria Karametou (Faculty) featured in July issue of German magazine SMCK

Maria Karametou (Faculty) featured in July issue of German magazine SMCK


The Fabric of Migration, Mobility, and Displacement

Maria Karametou (Faculty)

July 2021

Maria Karametou, Associate Professor and Director of Drawing Program at the Mason School of Art, US Artist, Academic, and Writer has been featured in the July edition of SMCK.

SMCK is a German magazine paving the way for art lovers to understand the history and potential of jewelry as an art medium. It strives to bridge art and craft disciplines, discuss contemporary social practices, and make artists aware of market basics. The magazine also serves as a podium for indies and outsiders – gallerists, curators, and artists to address interdisciplinary art directions, sharing stories of failure and success, and showing readers different cultural perspectives on how to appreciate and use art.

In Karametou’s article, “The Fabric of Migration, Mobility, and Displacement,” she reflects on family history and cultural roots.

In the article, Karametou shares a vivid memory about her grandmother Makrina Michaelidou, an Asia Minor refugee, who was the only survivor of her immediate family. Karametou mentions that her grandmother carried with her the loving memory of the place she left behind. As a child, she saw her grandmother raise silkworms in the drawers of her dresser. It was mentioned, that watching her grandmother turn a plain piece of fabric into something beautiful was a magical childhood experience.

To read the full article, you can purchase here.

Artist Statement:

“My recent work series addresses the relationship between gender and identity, beauty, time, and family history. By repurposing mass-produced materials commonly associated with women, such as bobby pins and strands of hair, a powerful signifier of identity throughout history, and using them like needles and threads, I “stitch” intricate designs and patterns that often bring to mind embroideries and weavings.”
Currently, Maria also has work on view in the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery in New York. You can view the Weaving Justice exhibition here. In this exhibition, the theme relates to the premise that contemporary art has always stood against social injustice, communal exploitation, and political corruption.
Additionally, Maria was featured in, IDENTITY, an exhibition by the Maryland State Arts Council.
This is an exhibition of selected Maryland artists who are relating to the way artists explore and express themselves with regards to their sense of identity. You can view the IDENTITY exhibition here
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