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Banana Tree Bathers Banana Tree Bathers

Alexandra Karamallis

Banana Tree Bathers


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Watercolor gouache and collage on paper

The Paradise Garden is a recurring theme in Karamallis’s works, building off of the idea of a Persian Paradise Garden traditionally created as an intimate and protected space of relaxation. The Paradise Garden correlates in many ways with the Garden of Eden aesthetically, although the Garden of Eden also marks the beginning of patriarchy, an aspect of Karamallis’s work which she only subconsciously tends to highlight. The works present female figures in their purest form of leisure while using mixed media collage to incorporate motifs from Persian miniatures and Suzani fabrics, historically created by Middle Eastern women signifying protection against evil, fertility, and courage. Intertwining historical narratives with contemporary ideals, Karamallis works imagines a world in which women ‘take back Eden’ - rejecting guilt and shame for the celebration of beauty and vulnerability.

Integral to her work, Karamallis’s use of mixed media collage incorporates paper of varying textures and thickness created from repurposed watercolors, painted paper and digitally designed patterns inspired by Persian tiles representative of her Middle Eastern heritage. The addition of mixed media of varying texture and thickness, creates a unique depth and intricacy to her watercolors.


30 x 22 inches


34.25 x 28.25 x 1.25 inches


Signed by the artist.

The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan


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Karamallis works primarily in gouache and watercolor with elements of collage, but has recently begun to explore the realm of oil painting.