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A minute with… Lia Lapithi, Visual artist
Where do you live?
I live in Nicosia with Yiannis Shukuroglou, a most charming gentleman if I say so myself!
Best childhood memory?
Picking lemons from my father’s village, Lapithos
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I had risotto last night at this lovely small restaurant in Onasagorou, called Canella and Diosmi (Cinamon and Mint), it was delicious! I never turn my nose up at food, and I certainly never ever turn up my nose at dessert, no matter what it is!
What did you have for breakfast?
French-toast, large thick cut bread dipped in eggs, and eaten with honey or maple syrup and lots of fresh strawberries and wild berries. Mmmmm, I do have a sweet tooth!
Best book ever read?
Jacqueline Karageorghis’ Kypris, the Goddess of Cyprus. I loved learning about our history, especially at a time when women where goddesses.
Favourite film of all time?
Like food, I can watch nearly anything, as long as I have a fairly large bucket of popcorn in front of me. Comedies are my ultimate favourite, nothing beats a good laugh to make one’s day.
What’s your dream trip?
Africa safari with all my family, tracking wild animals down the Okavango delta…
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
My son has a group called The Reverse, and we have a CD in the car, it rocks!
What is always in your fridge?
Wine, honey and love
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be?
I love the mountains, and would love to stay for a weekend in a tree house bird-watching, its amazing how many different varieties of birds flock to Cyprus
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
My father, he passed away last April and I miss him terribly… always a daddy’s girl, that’s me, and I still have so much to say to him.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Put on some pink lenses, brew myself a nice cup of tea… and sing “La vie en rose”… No way life would life end in 24 hours, I’m far too optimistic to even contemplate that
What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to say “No”…and then trying to keep my promises
Tell me a joke…
A father asked his 10-year old daughter if she knew about the birds and the bees.….oh no, I think I’ve forgotten how the joke goes, this is the problem with jokes and me, can never quite remember them, especially the punch line…ooops…
Lia Lapithi is currently exhibiting at the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia in a show named ‘I Shall Follow You to the End of the World - Immigrating for Love’ influenced by the story of Queen Caterina Cornaro who immigrated to Cyprus to marry, following her heart. It is taking place within the framework of the Twice a Stranger exhibition open until September 2