Greek artist Vally Nomidou creates these delicate life-size sculptures of women and girls using paper and cardboard. Via the exhibition page:
Paper, Nomidou’s dominant material, now becomes a key component in her creative process, inextricably linked to painful and systematic research on the technical level, as well as on that of aesthetic integration. The artist respects her material and, although it is cheap and vulnerable, she does not “adulterate” it by using other materials. Moreover, she does not use it as a shell, an encasing to cover a necessary inner structure by providing a fake, idealised skin. Nomidou builds and shapes her works from the inside out solely using paper and paperboard. The internal cardboard frame is built with a vertical and horizontal grid in order to be able to support and render stillness in her sculptures, while also ensuring balance in contraction and expansion.
To me her sculptures appear to be three dimensional collages, the paper-based media mixing and intertwining, occasionally embedded with flowers, jewelry and other materials. Yet somehow they retain incredibly life-like forms, perfectly proportioned. See more from this series entitled “Let it Bleed“. (via acidolatte)