The Art of Dr. Gindi: Echoes to Truth and Transcendence

By Harry Anastasiou - Monday, April 25, 2022
The Art of Dr. Gindi: Echoes to Truth and Transcendence

A first glance at the work of Dr. Gindi, you intuitively know that you are encountering an artist of not only technical skill and dexterity but also of reflective profundity, artistic vision and courageous insight into the human condition.

A first glance at the work of Dr. Gindi, you intuitively know that you are encountering an artist of not only technical skill and dexterity but also of reflective profundity, artistic vision and courageous insight into the human condition.

Among many others, her works Interstellar Dilemma, and The Painter, are a first, spontaneous, testimony of the artist’s desire to forge pieces of sculpture, which, while tangible in form, yearn for, or reach out for what lies beyond. More elaborately and intricately, when looking at her full-body sculptures, entitled The Fateful Choice and Transfigured Immortality, one readily understands that Dr. Gindi knows very intimately the anatomy of the human body, and the changes it undergoes on the journey of life. The combination of her training as a classical sculptor and her education as a medical doctor have surely provided that admixture of knowledge and skill that grants her the capacity to approach and understand the human body in realistic, yet uniquely transcendent ways. While the human body may be her starting point, Dr. Gindi does not end with the physicality of her subjects. In them, and through them, she goes beyond, projecting a quest for deeper existential meaning.

Transfigured Immortality

Dr. Gindi’s approach to the human body is reminiscent of the works of Rodin, the great master sculptor, where the body is treated as an instant journal, telling the story of the subject’s life trajectory. In her creations, she does not merely capture her subjects, but also organically animate them. Her artistic skill imparts to them a soul, especially to her human subjects. The latter embody the markings of an entire life. They capture the passage of time, and the tactile trail of life’s experiences, as these become imprinted in the human body. In this mode, her figures are powerful, yet sensitively presented. In their quiet immediacy, they exemplify a three-dimensional representation, that grasps, in an instance, the human condition as it is suspended between the here and now and the thereafter.

Interstellar Dilemma

But in so doing, Dr. Gindi, tacitly and explicitly, brings to the forefront certain fundamental questions regarding the underlying meaning of human existence itself. Each of her subjects strongly suggest an introspective pondering, an inner reflection for deeper meanings. And herein lies the essential core of her artistic creations. In the singularity of each one of her works, she juxtaposes the temporality of human existence and the yearning for eternity; the tangibility of the human body and the intangible yearning of the human spirit. In this way, Dr. Gindi directs us to a world of inner reflections at the existential crossroad between our confined finitude and our transcendent longings.

Forged within the aforementioned perspective, Dr. Gindi’s artistic work, strongly and eloquently conveys that the essential questions of the human condition are perennial. Time and aging, finitude and immortality, grievances and resolution, life and death, temporality and eternity, the earthly and the divine, traverse our human existence diachronically, as they are present throughout all ages. They in fact transcend societies, cultures, races, time and place, because they are, simply, yet profoundly, human. The quest to grasp, explore and understand the essence of these ultimate parameters of the human condition, the questions arising from them, and the most human desire to grasp them, intertwine and permeate the works of the artist in multiple ways.

The Fateful Choice

This aspect of Dr. Gindi’s work is perhaps the most powerful and most relevant, given the challenges of our current world, in the face of pandemics, social upheavals, toxic polarizations and conflicts. Her work prods us never to lose sight of the ultimate questions of human existence. In doing so, these ultimate questions may frame our more contingent issues of politics and ideologies, in more prudent, meaningful and efficacious ways, so as to serve the interest of humanity. In Dr. Gindi’s own words, "We are all bound together..., by the human question of origin and destiny."

 

 

Harry Anastasiou is currently a Professor at Portland State University's Conflict Resolution Graduate Program. He joined the faculty after having obtained his Ph.D. in the Political Sociology of Peace and Conflict from the Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Doctorandus Degree from the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the Sociology of Technology. Anastasiou has previously taught social science in the American Academy of Larnaca, developed the Millennium Curriculum for CYBER KIDS, a chain of computer learning centers and directed the R&D of the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute. Anastasiou has been invited to speak on several local, national and international media including, The Voice of America, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Radio National and Radio Australia.

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