STATUS THETA is an art group by Elina Theodotou and Marios Theophilides, both living and working in Limassol, Cyprus. Their first work under the title Precision of Cleanliness explores the cleaning practices and patterns, resulting from sociological behaviours by examining cleanliness as a virtue and as a camouflage of real self, with soap and household dust serving as the primary mediums. Dusts, comprised of dead cells from human body, are seen as a continuous deconstruction of the body.
In an attempt to follow social norms through cleaning ritualistic practices, bodies serve as the projection space of these practices, at the same time mirroring public and private concerns of embracement. The ephemeral and transformational nature of the body serves as an element of historical perspective, as well as a time line revealing the aftermath of social practices and states of mind.
Although visually the skin serves as the outline, boundary and limit of the human body, the skin is decomposed through cleaning and the form of the human body is repeatedly redefined. The body’s identity is removed and dissolved through practices of abuse of power, with the society globally facing such actions, giving rise to questions of punishment, acceptance and provocation