“Fresco is the art of painting on fresh, moist plaster. This type
of art form has been used for centuries. The pages of history and art reference
books are filled with breathtaking examples. The mere mention of a painted
fresco invokes visions of images, shrouded in mystery, painted on time ravaged
walls. These images are the inspiration for my current botanicals, painted in
fresco. I want to create works that have a sense of timelessness, as well as a
sense of a past history and a glorious future.”
Her inspiration is derived from various locations that show
ancient and antique fresco paintings, as well as the subtle beauty of local
environments including, the frescos of Pompeii; early icons and pictorial
decorations at the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus; mossy cottage walls of
the Cotswold, England; the Mercado de Flores San Angel in Mexico; 16th
century frescos at the Cathedral de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Mexico; morning
glories blooming on the wall of a burnt out building in the Bronx, New York
City; floral paintings at Selby Gardens, Sarasota, Florida; and the angle
trumpets growing in Nina Arico’s garden, in Florida.
Ms. Demertzis has researched traditional fresco and plaster
techniques, and has experimented with various materials and processes. The
result is a unique compositional surface that allows greater flexibility.
Ultimately, she was able to produce the results desired for her body of work,
which are large floral images on surfaces that suggest portions of ancient
walls fragmented by the effects of time.
Ana Demertzis has studied and worked in the United