“The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.” This famous sentence by André Breton, leader of surrealism, adorns the website of Harriet Moutsopoulos alias Lexicon Love. A quote that is perfectly representative of the playful work of this Australian artist of Greek origin.
The collagist combines vintage portraits, food and objects for improbable and surreal associations between humor and tragedy. “On the surface, this absurd combination seems to reject all forms of reason (an extension of my own twisted sense of humor),” she explains. “However, obscuring faces with food is intended not only to defy traditional notions of aesthetics, but also to provoke, tease, and unsettle the viewer.”
Couples with fried egg heads, toilet paper on newlyweds, faces in the shape of buckets, Rubik’s cubes, pants, ice cream scoops, mops, chicken, broccoli… Her comical and colorful portfolio gets the zygomatic working, remixing the old with the new to create a new truth. Exit here Photoshop and Illustrator.
To avoid digital overload, Harriet Moutsopoulos uses two, even three, elements for each image, manipulating basic tools that give the impression of a handmade creation.
Clearly, her collage art has quickly won over galleries and magazines and has been exhibited in Australia, New York, Miami, and the UK. “I see laughter as a statement of power and courage. And we laugh!”