Spotlight – Maria Yiasoumi

Our community coworking and event space is right in the middle of the warehouse district in Manor House. This industrial area is home to an eclectic bunch of mechanics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and artists. One such artist is Maria Yiasoumi. We met up with her to get to know her better and hear what inspires her creations.

Maria is a local sculpture and visual artist working under the handle of lazyoptics.

She graduated with a stirring 1st in BA Fine Arts from Hertfordshire University and has furthered her studies at University of Brighton where she completed her Masters.

Maria has been involved in creating laser and sculpture outdoor installations for events like the Big Chill Festival and Stoke Newington Festival.

As well as working part time at the Victorian and Albert Museum, London, where she also gets involved with group shows, she has recently been working in her studio in Manor House developing new ideas.

Maria describes her work as “an investigation into the phenomenon of light and structure within moments in time. I use the media of drawing, sculpture, photography and installation as a way of looking at metaphors to describe what it may mean to be.”

Maria takes inspiration from other visual artists, like the American sculpture, Bruce Nauman, James Tyrell an American artist working with light and space and Susan Derges an English photographic artist.

She immerses herself in her art and is literally a hands-on artist. In fact, she often needs more than one pair of hands and asks her friends and housemates to get involved in the creation of her pieces. Her playlist of choice whilst working? — Nightmares on Wax, Groove Salad FM, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, and good ol’ David Bowie. Sometimes though, she also enjoys silence as a background to her creative process.

Maria offered to show some of her pieces in our community coworking space. Part of the sculpture on display was cut and sanded by hand. The leds were soldered by Wil Corder. It was all then put together using ultra strong UV adhesive.

The ‘stone carving and laser abstraction‘ was created whilst on a residency in the stunning village of Canserrat, Spain. The stone was carved during the day and later after dark, Maria held the laser in place over the stone carving and the photographic print is the final result.

The smaller photograph on display is an abstraction of one of Maria’s larger glass and led sculptures. This and the smaller sculpture were both created in Maria’s studio in Manor House.

Maria is also fascinated by urban landscapes and has been working on a project called ‘Warehouse’ for the last 12 years, where she has been photographing the changing skyscapes.

Check out some of Maria’s work on her Instagram page here.

Areaworks is all about celebrating the diversity of talents in this area. We’re looking forward to welcoming Maria and other homegrown artists to our Areaworks community soon.


About Areaworks

Areaworks is a provider of open supportive coworking office spaces in accessible areas throughout London. We don’t believe in stuffy central locations, long commutes, impersonal and uptight environments. We believe there’s a better way of working, and we’re here to make it happen: in our areas, with our areas. We believe in opening up communities that inspire progress and open up opportunities. We offer complete turnkey work place solutions for start-ups, creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. We design our desk coworking to feel open, to encourage collaboration and productivity, to inspire you to think differently. Areaworks currently has two coworking spaces in prime London locations. The first resides in Manor House, an area very close to our hearts (and where it all began). Our second space recently opened in Hackney, one of the fastest growing areas for all things innovation, in London. If you are looking for a coworking space in London, which provides you with the environment and opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, then we have the perfect place for you.

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