Strampp’s dress series represents a journey of desire, loss and acceptance – from idealised symbolism to the inevitable mesh of ideals and reality. Empty dresses are set against empty backgrounds, evolving from the idealised contemporary wedding dress to armour-like bodices, and eventually transformed to flat patterns, as barely distinguishable traces of the original works.

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Wedding

Adriane Strampp Wedding 1991 Oil on canvas 183x183 cm

Pentimento

Adriane Strampp Pentimento 1994 oil on canvas 183 x 167 cm

The Gift

Adrian Strampp The Gift 1997 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Adriane Strampp Secret Garden 1997 Oil on canvas 122x213 cm

Adriane Strampp Secret Garden 1997 Oil on canvas 122x213 cm

Dreams and desires

Adrian Strampp Dreams and desires 1997 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

November Lily

Adrian Strampp November Lily 1996 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

untitled

Adriane Strampp Untitled 1995 oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Cornucopia

Adriane Strampp Cornucopia 1995 oil on linen 122 x 153 cm

Adriane Strampp The Victory 1997 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Adriane Strampp The Victory 1997 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Adriane Strampp Untitled (Lami Dress) 1998 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Adriane Strampp Untitled (Lami Dress) 1998 Oil on canvas 183x167 cm

Adriane Strampp After Lami 2005 Oil on canvas 153x153 cm

Adriane Strampp After Lami 2005 Oil on canvas 153x153 cm

Adriane Strampp Innamoramento 1998 Oil on linen

Adriane Strampp Innamoramento 1998 Oil on linen

Adriane Strampp In Absentia 2003 Oil on canvas 76x167 cm

Adriane Strampp In Absentia 2003 Oil on canvas 76x167 cm