Bullet in the Blue Sky
Bullet in the Blue Sky is a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Ketta Ioannidou.
Migrating between water, sky, and land, Ketta Ioannidou’s paintings draw inspiration from rippling waters, wilted florals, and moody skies in a process that feels like layering memories, simplifying them down to their essence – the shapes, the colors, the feelings.
Under the influence of her Mediterranean heritage and upbringing as well as science fiction novels like J.G. Ballard’s A Drowned World, which depicts a post-apocalyptic future where global warming has caused the majority of the Earth to become uninhabitable and strange dreams and unconscious urges play with the survivors’ mindset, her paintings invoke morphing psychological landscapes that are often submerged in water. Ioannidou’s paintings extract colors from her surrounding natural environments, whether that is the waterfront in Brooklyn New York, or the Mediterranean island of Cyprus where she grew up, amplifying and exaggerating them to offer an alternate take on reality.
About the Artist
Ketta Ioannidou (born Nicosia, Cyprus) lives and works in New York, NY. Ioannidou holds an MFA from School of Visual Arts and a BA (Honours) from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Ioannidou represented Cyprus in the Cairo and Alexandria Biennales in Egypt and the 18th Asian Biennale in Bangladesh. She has had solo exhibitions at The Yard, Lower East Side, NY; South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY; and The Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia, Cyprus. Ioannidou has participated in group exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg, New York, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Los Angeles, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; and Kustera Projects Brooklyn, NY.