Greek artist Opy Zouni studied Fine Art, Ceramics and Photography in Cairo (1959-1962). In 1963, she came to Greece, enrolling at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASKT) until 1968, taking painting (working in C. Morali’s workshop), ceramics (until 1965) and scenography or stage design (1967-1969). From 1959 to 1966, she researched painting, ranging from expressionist writings and geometric structures to perspective, something she focused on.
With a particular interest in light and 3D, Zouni began creating her first sculptures in the period between 1969 and 1972. These works, constructions and reliefs on cork slabs, came about in a period where Zouni was strictly concerned with shapes and geometrics. Since then, her works are identified by their continuous transitioning between the two dimensions in the same space, her chief objective revolving around how to solve the ‘problem’ of the third dimension.
The issues she was systematically involved with through every phase of her creative process were light, shadow, colour, movement, perspective, the space and the material. The characteristics of emptiness and what it means to be full, unexpected views that are created, the way the environment is gradually conquered by its vastness attest to her preoccupation with theories of depth, perspective and the trick of the eye.
Influenced by Egyptian architecture, as well as Greek, and the Bauhaus movement, Zouni managed to make her work both reasonably geometric and spontaneously subjective successfully rendering in them the idea of immeasurable space – whether it be outdoor or indoor – especially evident by the absence of people.
Opy Zouni, Composition, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70 cm