“Ephemeral Grace” by MARI AOYAMA

Ephemeral Grace”



Saturday, December 2, 12:00 – 18:00

Eleni Marneri Gallery invites you on Saturday December 2, 2023, 12:00-18:00 to the exhibition  “Ephemeral Grace” by the Japanese Greek designer MariAoyama.

Inspired by the delicate “dance of life”, this collection captures the essence of how we move through our existence, intertwining the visible with the invisible.

Each piece, adorned with both earthy and heavenly hues, invites you to a celebration of life’s fleeting moments and the timeless beauty found in the interplay between the seen and unseen. The exhibition is composed of two groups of art works, one group captures the art of collage with the finest, colorful Japanese papers and the other explores the power of color in combination with the preciousness of  real gold leaf.

“I have always lived between worlds; the East, the West and beyond. My artwork is a bridge which brings these worlds together. It is also a tool for self-exploration. It connects me with people, with life, and it helps me express things I have no words for. I seek beauty, inspiration and moments of magic in everyday life. I believe in details and in the gentle and discrete power of natural materials, such as silk and handmade paper. I have a deep respect for craftsmanship; the endless hours, passion, dedication, integrity, care and love which is needed to create a single, handmade object of unique quality. An artisan is who I aspire to be.”

Mari Aoyama is Greek on her mother’s side, and Japanese on her father’s. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, and at Esmod in Tokyo. She expresses her inspiration in a variety of art forms – embroidery, painting, sculpture, sewing, collage – using materials she has collected from different parts of the world, such as rare fabrics, handmade paper, beads, stones and ribbons.


December 2, 2023 – January 30, 2024

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