Mill Valley, CA.- Now through February 28, 2007 at the Depot Bookstore in downtown Mill Valley, CA, Greek-American artist Zenoviaʼs Sacred Folk Art of candlelit shrines and sanctified everyday objects are on display. Her unusual creations are rooted in ancient Byzantine traditions, inspired by her Greek Orthodox grandmothersʼ home altars, as well as incorporating elements of the 60s psychedelic art as it was transmitted to her through the late master assemblage artist Lois Anderson of Mill Valley, with whom Zenovia enjoyed a close 20-year association.
Zenovia said, “I have named my work “Sacred Folk Art” because I honor the sacredness of our lives by sanctifying the very ordinary objects that we use everyday and that have been used daily by our relatives for generations. Common objects such as rolling pins are transformed by being adorned with treasures like pieces of broken mirrors, vintage jewels, and stones. This creates beautiful reflected color, light, and energy that reminds us of how the ordinary can be extraordinary.”
Zenoviaʼs unique assemblages have the capacity to invoke the comfort and familiarity associated with both home and church, combining the sacred with the secular.
“Apart from being beautiful visually, these indoor pieces can also be used as a focal point for meditation or prayer,” the artist states.
On February 6, at 6 pm, a reception will take place at the Depot Bookstore and Café (87 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941)
This display is also a tribute to Zenoviaʼs Greek ancestors, who were refugees and victims of the little-known holocaust in Asia Minor that occurred in the early 1900ʼs, when tens of thousands of Greeks were expelled from Western Turkey.