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Meltemia and other stories Dimitra Skandali, crocheted and woven sea grass installation, 2016

Don Soker Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new body of work by Dimitra Skandali entitled Meltemia and other stories. Skandali’s first solo show with the gallery will include site-specific multimedia installations in combination with smaller pieces made of found, natural and manmade materials. The title refers to the annual periodic winds of the Aegean Sea which bring trash to the seashores and can be dangerous if they are strong, but very pleasant if they are smoother; a reminder that everything passes and moves in circles. Skandali often uses long strands of sea grass. From watching her female relatives embroidering, weaving and crocheting and the fishermen repairing their nets in front of her childhood home, she uses these techniques to produce her conceptual installations. She says “I carry my island with me everywhere and it shapes the way I see the world. I create installations inspired by their exhibition spaces weaving together found elements and sounds from those locales and other sites to create ethereal forms; reminders of the sea, with its openness and possibilities, as well as its fragile and unstable limitations”. Skandali received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has received numerous awards and her works have been exhibited throughout the Bay Area, New York, and Los Angeles, as well as in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, the Philippines, and Greece. Most recently they were shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the ICA in San Jose, and the Aegean Center for the Arts on Paros Island, GR. She lives and works in San Francisco and Paros Island Greece.