Fotini Galanes is best known for her unnamable intense themes that are said to “teeter strangely between the pure aesthetic experience and conceptual decay.” The artist’s motivation is personal and deeply based in vulnerability between the grotesque and exquisite. Obsessive in her method, Fotini draws with graphite and charcoal directly onto sturdy grounds, porcelain, paper or walls, gesturally referencing specific events and emotions. The works begin with a calculated aggressive mark to lead the thousands that will follow.
Fotini founded the global outreach project My Mark Matters. An interactive, hands-on humanitarian project integrating art, storytelling and technology to communicate connections, inclusion and empathy. Diverse tactile objects are introduced to support a series of exercises that access self expression, sharing, story prompting, perception and community building. Currently MMM has been presented by ambassadors in the countries of Ghana, Tanzania and Guatemala. In Western New York, Fotini has presented MMM to refugees and immigrants from 37 countries. Her project is collecting children’s work from all 196 countries to be installed as an interactive installation on a global scale.
My Mark Matters
MMM is an interactive, hands-on humanitarian project integrating art and storytelling to communicate connections. Tactile objects are introduced to support exercises that access self expression, sharing, story prompting, perception and community building. Individuals draw in one inch squares referencing an object. A story is written with their drawing. Drawings and stories are added to a public are work. Since 2011, MMM has collected thousands of drawings and stories from diverse populations including, refugees, students and at risk youth from 196 countries.
Participants in MMM cannot distinguish race, creed, color, age, gender, social demographic, ethnicity or nationally. We all have our marks and the stories form which they came. MMM is an entry point to reveal our perceptions of diversity to communicate we are not our exteriors.
Grade Level: PreK-12
Audience Limit: 30
Workshop cost (90 minutes or less): $196.00