Having posted the incredible work of Siba Sahabi previously when this blog was known as Simonswork/Blog, she recently contacted me asking to post a feature on her latest work Kerameikos. So here we go:
Drawing from her German/Iranian roots, the work of Siba Sahabi aims to show how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Her tableware sculptures, fashioned from paper, are inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics. A passion for crafts and imperfection drives the process of Siba’s work.
Kerameikos comprises handcrafted vessels, bowls, mugs, and vases made from white wallpaper used for its strength and light resistance. The collection Kerameikos is inspired by antique Greek ceramics. Kerameikos is an area of Athens, which used to be the potters’ quarter of the city for centuries. The word ‘ceramic’ derived from this district. The ancient Greek ceramicists developed an aesthetic style that is characteristic for their sophisticated culture. Nonetheless the Athens’ craftsmen got their inspiration from foreign objects. These items of daily and ritual use were discovered via trade and made of more valuable materials like the Egyptian Alabastron (perfume bottle made of alabaster), the Persian Rhyton (drinking vessel made of horn), the Lydian Lydion (metal jar for anointing oil) and the Etruscan Kyathos (metal cup). The value of the antique Greek items nowadays is no longer based on the price of the material itself but on the aesthetics and artistic skills. Siba Sahabi sees paper as a valuable material to revive European and Middle Eastern cultural inheritance.
Kerameikos is currently showing at Galerie Plaatsmaken and Galerie Ra