“Although Polyzoidou’s painting creates new, autonomous images, the source is always present, enhancing and undermining their independence. Each work, there-fore, is like a spiral of voices that are simultaneously heard creating in some occasions noise and in some other a heavy silence. Besides, intervening in the primary source, recording its decay, its ambiguity and polysemy, she states her position towards it and thereby she puts herself in the work, like if she is at the same time painting her own precarious point of view: her conviction for the painting mechanism is at the same time an uncertainty about the organization of memory, the alteration of bodies and shapes is a reflexion on her own subjectivity, “that is not here and yet it is not elsewhere.” Polyzoidou’s iconography belongs to an unspecified time in the past, when an act might have happened, which however never does. The past of history is the present of the painting act. And the figures that emerge in the form of a spectrum in her works, the ominous shadows, the ambiguous outlines, belong to the deceased who have never died.”
*Excerpt from the press release written by Theophilos Tramboulis for Maria Polyzoidou Solo Show 2011 at AD Gallery, Athens, Greece.