We had to have things like that with which we could do as we liked. …(provided only they are loved) even the roughest usage affects them like a devouring caress which admittedly makes them droop but also seems to endow them with a firmness of spirit which possesses them all the more strongly as their body yields …we had to assert ourselves, because if we surrendered to it [the doll] there was nobody there. It made no response, so we got into the habit of doing things for it, splitting our own slowly expanding nature into opposing parts …we were so busy keeping you [the doll-soul] in existence that we had no time to grasp what you were. (Rainer Maria Rilke, Dolls: On the Wax Dolls of Lotte Pritzel, Syrens 1994, p. 29-37)
EXHIBITIONS Sophia Kosmaoglou: You Don’t Have To Say Please, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art, Athens, 1998
Utopia Project, Alexander Cultural Centre, Florina, 1998
Echoes of Silence, ReMap 4, Athens, 2013
COURTESY D. Daskalopoulos Collection & the artist EDITION 1 + artist’s copy
Sophia Kosmaoglou YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY PLEASE (1998)
Polyester foam & stuffing, fabric, silk stuffing, wool, 170 x 200 x 125 cm.