About the Book
Roula Partheniou: Index is the first publication to present the work of Canadian artist Roula Partheniou, exploring her practice of taking the familiar and altering it to become something extraordinary.
Shown in her public installation and sculptural works, ubiquitous objects are subtly transformed and manipulated using perceptual mimicry. This involves recreating everyday, common forms and objects with painted fibreboard and polymer clay, questioning how much visual information we need to recognise objects, and allowing the viewer to reconsider and challenge such assumptions. Influenced by Minimalism and the notion of “paring-down”, Partheniou plays with ideas of illusion, perspective and the Gestalt principle of the double take.
This book is a beautifully produced artist book, bringing together significant body of works including 'House & Home & Garden', 2015; 'Odd One Out', 2015; and 'Parts and Wholes', 2013, among others. Richly illustrated throughout, the book begins with a photo essay and includes critical texts by Jennifer Matotek, Jon Davies, Ivan Jurakic, and Fynn Leitch and an interview with the artist by Nate McLeod, providing insight into Partheniou’s practice and elucidating her critical contribution to contemporary art discourse. Published in partnership with Dunlop Art Gallery.
About the Book
Ivan Jurakic: Ivan Jurakic is the Director/Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery and a practicing visual artist.
Jon Davies: Jon Davies is a Canadian writer and curator, currently working as an Assistant Curator at Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Fynn Leitch: Fynn Leitch is the Curator of the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Canada.
Nate McLeod: Nate McLeod is a Canadian artist, curator, and arts administrator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010.