Irene’s Pouliassi artistic research takes a critical view the future human identity, regarding the conception of death pointing to a dreadful era that serves the outcome, not the essence. This leads to a research-led art practice that revolves around an “emergence-acceptance and growth” holistic attitude towards death, due to an era of desensitization as well as the whole-brain approach of the phenomenon. Using empirical methods through the prism of identity and the materialistic approach of the human body as well as its parts as symbols of a future dystopian idea, Pouliassi aims to bring attention to the constructed identity: a solution to feel immortal versus the real identity of decaying flesh and impermanence.
Referencing from the rise of dystopian trend in contemporary society, Pouliassi’s art practice serve both as a sociological and a conceptual commentary for the idea that the millennial culture have inherited negative externalities experiencing a death of their personal identity thus, rising the quality and quantity of dystopian trend as a joke towards the dying in an effort to articulate their grievances.
The so called romanticisation of negative realities maybe helps those who are experiencing them to see a brighter future but also creates a desensitized new generation leaning into Destrudo.
Her organic materials evolved into bio matter comprising of human hair and teeth rejecting the decaying identity (the face) in a representational symbol of human figure retaining the social and post mortem identity.