Enfolded Paper, Sculptures and Cut-Outs

Looking is easy; seeing is hard.

I would like to provoke the viewer to engage both eyes and brain

I like to tease the picture plane,
let the work play with the viewer’s perception,
often I invite the public to actually play with the work.
Sometimes the work becomes a game.

In all my work I deal with the manipulation of surfaces;
they are overlain,
enfolded into themselves
or even tied in knots.

I try to find what surfaces might lie beneath the ones we see;
to cut through,
superimpose and weave them together.

What seems flat is turned and twisted into space.
The works transition between two and three dimensions.
I fold a plane again and again, then cut it and open it up.

Flat strips of paper or metal are folded in upon themselves to form hexahedra which are then sewn together into increasingly complex forms.

Surface is turned and twisted into space.

(text: Zoe Keramea)

Enfolded Paper, Sculptures and Cut-Outs, a solo presentation by Zoe Keramea that took place in winter 2012, was the fifth show curated by Els Hanappe and Lazarus N. Siakos in a series of art interventions especially conceived for the Hilton Hotel Athens.

Zoe Keramea is a versatile artist who uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture as her media while having expanded also into ceramics. Audiences will gladly remember her for the games she engaged them in with her artist’s books and limited editions which have been readily available in museums and bookstores. With her latest venture, the digital version of her game ‘Mandala Memory’, an App for the iPhone and iPod touch, Zoe Keramea reaches out to an even wider public who will enjoy her intricate patterns while playing. At the core of her work though lies paper, paper to be printed, folded, cut or drawn upon. Of equal importance are lines and geometrical shapes, which the artist twists into innumerable variations, constantly surprising the viewer with the possible depths of imagination. She is an excellent printmaker who developed her own intaglio printmaking process, called ‘zoetype’; she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to further develop it in New York. Her attention to detail, and her ingrained knowledge and mastery of specialized techniques demand equal commitment from the viewer who will want to appreciate the intricacy of her works. One can expect graphite and ink drawings on paper, sculptures composed of numerous folded paper hexahedrons, and prints made up of various layers incorporating embossing and relief. For the Hilton Hotel Athens, Zoe Keramea created new sculptures adapted to the lobby area, extending towards the Aethrion lounge and the Byzantino restaurant.

(text: Els Hanappe
concept and co-ordination: Lazarus N. Siakos and Els Hanappe)

Living with the Senses