Odysseas Tosounidis is one of the sculptors that stayed for the longer time with us. If I should speak for a dinstinct characteristic of Odysseas this would be patience and hard work. Although most of the marble sculptors are patient people, Odysseas sets a new standard. He has created as many pieces as others, but, despite the fact that he is in no way slower than the other sculptors who participated in the Initiative’s Summer 2013 Symposium, but in 5 months time! So what’s the catch, yoy may wonder... Odysseas sets a dialogue with the material -will it be granite or marble doesn’t matter, he tames it slowly to become his image his fantasy creates. All his works mirror the hardship of being as well as the balance of the universe. His first, the “Womb”, given birth from a vast and massive, hard-and-tough black marble stone, which we were able to move only with the use of a huge crane of heavy objects, almost 2 by 2 by 1 meters, claimed that he worked from early morning to late at night for almost 2 months to get it done the exact way he wanted every scar to be incised! The result of course is a powerfull and magnificent piece, one of the best he has ever done!
"Without being interested in the figurativeness of the form but in the emotion that the sculpture provokes in its whole viewing, he moves between tradition – with references to greek antiquity- and modernism of Henry Moore and of Constantin Brancusi. He works with all material, such as metal, wood, marble, granite which, each time, he studies in depth because he believes that the artist should respect and know very well his material. He is charmed by the sparkling of the light on the material that is why he pays special attention to the creation of the form. In particular in his smaller scale sculptures the intense polishing of the marble and the immaculate technique of carving it, create an impression of continuity with the surrounding space, while thematically he is inspired by the natural world as well as by the human figure. A different technical approach has been followed in monumental sculptures, such as the “Dryads”. It is a complex with symbolic character, whose name was inspired by the rustling of the leaves which the artist heard while carving during the night. Dryads in greek mythology were Nymphs of the forests and of nature in general, while they symbolized the anthropomorphic idea of sounds of nature that disrupt the quietness especially in mountains, caves, streams, gorges, springs. Dryads are represented as two figures that seem to converse with each other.