Shy Boxes Paper Dress

In 2007, the Greek artist Zoe Keramea (b. 1955) revisited a 60′s Checker Paper Dress from the RRRIPP!! Collection. Keramea explores enfolded surfaces using sculpture, printmaking, drawing and ceramics  in a distinctive and unique way.

 “In all my work I explore the play between surface and space and the transition between two and three dimensions. I like to provoke the viewers to engage with the work and let it tease their perception…

I removed three strategically placed sections of the dress and replaced them with flexible structures I made out of hand-folded paper boxes, stitched together with thread and then sewn on the dress. These flexible panels mimicked in 3D the checkerboard pattern, to create the “Shy Boxes” dress. I used the three fragments removed from the 60’s dress to create a pair of wearable matching shoes, “The Missing Pieces…”, using my own feet as a last.”

Excerpt from a written interview to M. Pichou on the occasion of the article
“The ATOPOS RIPPING Project: a “new” life for dress objects ?” (COSTUME, volume 54, issue 2, 2020)


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Zoe Keramea