Medicine of all kinds and of operations, were part of Lapithi’s everyday life during her childhood. This is the reason she approaches the body in an extraordinary way. She proceeds to “artistic” operations often using her own body. The mutilated blue legs-pieces of work rich with meaning, act as autonomous and are sufficiently revealing. They represent the bones and penetrate to the marrow; they go deep into the bone, entering the emotional expanse of the human existence.
-Dr. Tonia Loizou, art historian.
Emperor Qin Terracotta Army of 8,000 soldiers were only men:
Yet, women were prominent in ancient warfare, in every corner of the world and throughout history. Known examples include Ahhotep, Lady Fu Hao, Hatshepsut, judge of Israel Deborah, Vishpala, Queen wendolen,Messene , Shammuramat (Semiramis), Queen Cordelia, Lady Xu Mu , Lampsacus , Pheretima , Queen Tomyris, Telesilla, Cloelia, Lady of Yue , Artemisia I of Caria, Hydna queen Tomyris, Zarinaea, Onomaris , Mania , Timoclea, Candace of Meroe, Cleophis , Eurydice III of Macedon , Cratesipolis , Empress Jingu of Japan, Huang Guigu , princess Arachidamia , Stratonice of Macedon , Phila , Aetolia, Chilonis, Arsinoe III of Egypt , Busa of Canosa di Puglia , Amage, Chiomara, Rhodogune of Parthia , Cleopatra II , Hypsicratea , Cartimandua, Mother Lu, Agrippina the elder , The Trung Sisters , Boudica, Suetonius, veleda, Li Xiu , Queen Mavia , Albia Dominica , and this inexhaustible list is up to the 6th Century A.D.
Cyprus participation is a female “soldier”, and like Cyprus she is split in half, her blue legs carrying external fixators operated by an orthopedic surgeon. She stands tall, with a bleached out national flag, time will heal the continuing wars and conflicts that surrounds her region. A sculpture to reflect the lack of today’s women’s role in war-fare and peace building throughout the globe