Originality and coherence, cohesion and continuous experimenting with means and methods. In the exhibition entitled “Tracce e recessioni” (“Traces and Relinquishments”), which the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens will keep open to visitors till January 20, Maria Kompatsiari presents old and new collections of her works. Taking representation as her point of departure, the artist guides visitors through her personal experimentation and research on colour and technique that have led her to build an abstract visual language. Her landscapes are mental and spiritual processes containing existential escapes and situations open to multifarious interpretations. Through her travels, the artist ventures into matter and form in her unrelenting soul-searching process, with the aim of making a confession that is visual but also consoling.