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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 August 2018
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Kerrie K Theodorikakos, on bridging her Greek Australian identity through art errie (Kyriaki) Theodorikakos is a fourth generation Greek born outside of her country of origin. She grew up in the heavily populated migrant Greek/ Italian suburbs of Coburg and Brunswick, where she completed her primary and tertiary education with the accompaniment of Greek language schooling. Kerrie is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at RMIT, however, she already has a few exhibitions on her resume with the latest having been the 2018 Antipodean Palette where she received the People's Choice Award. "When I received the People's Choice Award, I felt absolutely surprised and thrilled," Kerrie tells Neos Kosmos. "I didn't expect to win by a long shot as most of my exhibiting peers where established artists and/or had ample experience exhibiting behind them in comparison to my humble start up. All I could think of in the moment of accepting the award was that my voice was heard, people can and did connect with my work". In a sense, it also felt karmic for Kerrie and a reminder that good can prevail, "as my works subject was focusing on the Greece within all of us, its current state, and the prosperous future it can achieve". "The sponsorship by Deans Arts Supplies was also thrilling to receive, as it acted as an enabling sign and support for me to continue to make more art," she explains. Apart from the audiences connecting with the vibrancy and message of hope that transcends her work, it is also this respect she nurtures for other artists and her humility as a creative that sets her apart. Within her close-knit community, she learned the importance of respect for all cultures, the importance of education. She still recalls her mother saying, "knowledge is your greatest weapon in life" and there she gained a passionate curiosity for discovering what interconnects all. "My curiosity grew greater as the years went on into my teens and I began to challenge social norms within my artwork, my 'education' and within my identity," she says. For two of those years Kerrie also lived in Greece which also contributed to her inquisitive curiosity to discover what constructs her individual identity; "it's important to know where you came from and to know where you’re going in order to, most importantly, avoid repeating past mistakes, to break that cycle and to prevent history from repeating itself".
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