Born in Greece, raised in Paris and currently living in New York, self-taught sculpture and installation artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos has carved out her own artistic identity in a variety of unique climates. For her newest installation, the Palm Authority Project, Kosmatopoulos explores the individuality of the self by placing it—metaphorically and somewhat literally—in society’s hands. Part of a body of work titled “The Future is On Your Hand,” the Palm Authority Project—featured in Miami’s Bayfront Park from November 30th through December 4th—sets five giant inflatable hands against a recorded backdrop of children’s voices, thus exploring society’s influence on the individual through the metaphor of palmistry.
“My installation is about questioning the way people embrace their individuality away from the general social templates,” states Kosmatopoulos. “In palmistry, the lines inside your hand that you where born with tell you very specific details about your personality and your future. [In] the same way, society teaches individuals from a very young age what kind of person he or she is supposed embody.”
Kosmatopoulos constructed the inflatable hands, which range from eight to 12 feet in height, out of 120 yards of ripstop fabric. By juxtaposing the hands with the background audio recordings, the artist illustrates the contrast between social authority and organic awareness and invites each viewer to reflect upon their own identity, social nature and interaction with the external world.
For more information on Kosmatopoulos and the Palm Authority Project, visit www.thepalmauthorityproject.com.