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Born on Lesbos, Greece, EURYDICE is a multimedia writer and artist whose body of work is infused with the consistent ideological and aesthetic study of female marginalization and repressed sexuality.
Eurydice is an artist & writer, sex archivist & activist in a patriarchy that binds women to its words, laws, paradigms, aesthetics. The male gaze that turns the female nude into voyeuristic pornography turned her ancestor Sappho the Lesbian poet into the prototypical lesbian because she used man’s language as a woman.
Eurydice has a BA in Fine Arts from Bard College, where she studied with Roy Lichtenstein; an MA in creative writing from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she also studied with Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs at Naropa Institute; an MA and an MFA from Brown University where she later taught as an adjunct professor.
She has published books with Scribner (Satyricon USA: A Journey Across the New Sexual Frontier), Virago Press (f/32: The Second Coming), Richard Kasak Books, and the Fiction Collective (f/32). Her writing has been widely translated, taught, and reviewed.
Her artistic work includes painting, drawing, film, performance, installation. It currently focuses on embroidery, an ancient feminine craft that brings together her Eastern and Western heritages. She has won international recognition for her embroidered tapestries, and flag and paper collages.
Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the US. In 2010 she had a ten year retrospective in Miami Beach during Art Basel. The history of the ineffable representation of the female nude in art from the first scratches on cave walls to contemporary art, and the intellectual and personal disconnection that results between a woman and her body, and the quest to turn woman from the ideal eroticized object into subject, constitute Eurydice's recurrent themes. Eurydice’s avant-garde art and writing are steeped in philosophy and history and connect her with countless generations of silenced women ancestors for whom she hopes to speak.
‘Extraordinary and arousing, a book to read between the sheets.’ —Emily Jenkins
‘Just the most authoritative and compelling writer of sex in the English language.’ —Craig Marks
‘A unique blend of reportage, memoir, research and incisive analysis. The strength here is that the author does dig up unquestionably fascinating subjects. The book is worth reading–you’ll feel contentedly average afterward.’ —Joel Stein
‘Hip without being glib, smart without being smug, Eurydice takes readers on an eye-opening tour of the American sexual underworld and emerges with the news that sexual deviance isn’t deviant at all: it’s deeply embedded in mainstream, middle-class America. In Greek mythology, Eurydice was the unfortunate bride of Orpheus, who tried to lead her out of Hades and failed. As a writer for Spin, this modern-day Eurydice reverses the journey, willingly descending into dank bars and addict meetings. Setting out to discover perversion behind the accepted norm, she finds instead that normalcy abides within such practices as necrophilia, sadomasochism, cybersex and erotic bloodletting. The book also draws strength from Eurydice’s honest confessions about how she feels about what she observes, sustaining a wonderful balance of intellect and emotion throughout her illuminating trek through contemporary sexuality.’ — Publishers Weekly
‘It’s wonderful to see a woman not interiorizing male fear of her, especially her body, but rather confronting that fear, fighting it, and celebrating her body and her sexuality by creating a fabulous and funny tale’ —Kathy Acker
M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Brown University, 1993
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Brown University, 1993
Major Fields: Art Criticism, Literature/Art/Film of the Subaltern
M.A. in Creative Writing, Distinction, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 1987
Major Fields: Postmodernism, Literary Criticism, Art Theory, Film Theory
B.A. in Fine Arts and Creative Writing, Honors, Bard College, May 1985
Major Fields: Fine Arts, Filmmaking, Poetry, Women’s Studies, Classics
Naropa 86 Univ of Crete 83
Occupy Art Basel: A Ten-Year Retrospective. Art book. 2012.
Satyricon USA: A Journey Across the New Sexual Frontier. Nonfiction. New York, London, Sydney, Singapore: First Touchstone Edition, 2000.
Satyricon USA: A Journey Across the New Sexual Frontier. Nonfiction. New York: Scribner, 1999.
f/32. A novel. New York: Richard Kasak Books, 1995.
f/32: The Second Coming. A novel. London: Virago Press, 1993.
f/32. A novel. Boulder, Normal: Fiction Collective Two, 1990.
Gymnostithi (Barebreasted). A poetry collection. Fosti Editions. Greece, 1988.
f/32: The Second Coming. Greek translation. Athens: Babel Press, 1997.
f/32: The Second Coming. Japanese translation. Tokyo: Kawadeshobo Press, ’95.
f/32: The Second Coming. Dutch translation. Amsterdam: Arena Press, 1993.
Readings, Interviews & Performances in Universities, Bookstores, Theatres, Churches, Poetry Slams, National & International Radio & TV. C-Span, Sky Channel, CBS & ABC radio, NPR, Amsterdam TV, NYC’s Poetry Project, Tower Books, Barnes & Noble, Tattered Cover, Books&Books