Soteris Sam Roussi
I paint with acrylic and dry pigment. My approach to mark making has its own presence as a vocabulary independent of figurative imagery. Compositions emerge organically, as initial random marks gel into clusters of rendered dilemmas. The marks become entanglements... a melee of forms, often whimsical, occasionally raw, and visceral. Moments of action and stagnation – there must be both.
My move to pure abstraction was inspired by a chart depicting hobo icons. They were a system of communication used extensively by itinerants in the first half of the 20th century. These marks on fences, posts, sidewalks, buildings, trestles, and bridge abutments communicated where to find help, or steer clear of trouble. The symbols were a tool for survival, a few strokes spoke volumes.
My BFA is from SUNY Buffalo and my masters in painting is from Ohio University. I taught drawing and painting as an assistant professor at Georgia State University and Westfield State University. My work has been exhibited at galleries in Atlanta, Dallas, and Chicago and New York.