Artist Feature: Constantinos Chaidalis

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, December 7th, 2016

"I do not think that grief lets much be said.”

Constantinos Chaidalis Art Nailed
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The following gallery is from the series “Sinister,” a body of work created to depict how as part of the human condition, we revert back to a childlike state when coping with death and loss. I asked Chaidalis to expand on his firsthand experience with death and how it relates to his most recent series.

“A year ago my mother passed after a year long battle with cancer. The disease turned my mother helpless in my eyes, innocent and childlike. The people around her, including myself became helpless as well. Witnessing such a terrifying reality, unable to react, belittles you somehow. The wait for something sinister is a wait that cannot be filled with ordinary doings. Through this experience the grief and childlike reactions grew stronger in my perception. I also felt like time stood still.

“The main concept behind my collage illustrations is to depict this state for various people or myself in various moments, in that exact moment that time stood still. I created a cryptic non-verbal language because I do not think that grief lets much be said. Most of the illustrations are wishes, safe places, hiding spots. This project is me, making a map of memories that helped me cope with loss.”

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Constantinos Chaidalis Art NailedConstantinos Chaidalis is an award winning multidisciplinary designer, specializing in graphic design, illustration and motion graphics. He has been working as a motion/broadcast designer and as a creative director for various production houses and agencies. He gets his hands dirty on motion graphics, compositing, color correction, Cg, 3D animation and a plethora of creative work. Alongside his design work, he works on his personal art projects, mostly collage illustrations and their animated versions. He lives and works in Athens, Greece. To view more of his work, visit his site here.

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Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor for NAILED. She is originally from Detroit; she studied Psychology at Michigan State University, and later finished in Industrial Design with an Art Therapy minor at The College of Creative Studies. She lives and works in Portland with her husband and son. She is a visual artist, and musician under the name Lithopedion. Her self-titled EP was released in 2013.