My paintings are influenced by the natural world while simultaneously providing an escape from it. They portray idealized habitats, movement and the interaction of forms within a space as a starting point, yet this subject matter is often an excuse to explore the physicality and the lusciousness of paint itself. Situated somewhere between representation and abstraction, the colorful environments frequently merge with ambiguous surroundings, mutate into intense colorful bursts or dissipate and fade away.
Swirls of foliage swell up in tsunami waves, spiral into roller coasters, bunch together like electric fibers, and shoot out in all directions like exploding stars. Exploding fireworks in various states of being are frozen in time while remaining viable metaphors for memory and motion.
Ketta Ioannidou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, PS 122 Gallery, Heist Gallery, Gallery Satori, Sixtyseven, Foxy Production, Metaphor Contemporary Art in New York, The Carriage House at The Islip Art Museum, Go North in Beacon, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Diatopos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus. She represented Cyprus in the 9th International Cairo Biennale, the 24th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries, and the Rome Biennale for Young Artists from European and Mediterranean Countries. She participated in the Artists in the Marketplace program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Aljira Emerge at Aljira in Newark, New Jersey. She was awarded residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, and the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park.