Collage, Montage , or the Technique of Irony?

Maria Toxavidi using a special and complicated tecunique called “imprints by hand”.
She is mixing fragments, “objets trouves”, ancient symbols.
The eye does not manage to decode; it just feels.
She plays with phrases- ghosts of our existence.
Her paintings have a cinematographic fluidity.
Her images are the product of a personal creation.
They may resemble to a collage, but they are not.
They are part of old prints, pieces collected personally by her,
which are, through her ingenuity and talent,
blended into a new dimension.

Anastasia Alevizou , Semiologist
Athens, May 2004