“Wavelengths” is a portrait series of ex-couples, that was inspired by diptych paintings from the Late Medieval period. Both models were asked to draw a line that described their relationship with each other. These two lines make up the ‘landscape’ in the background of the portraits. We tend to glorify our current relationships and not speak much about those that have ended. But despite the fact that a relationship didn’t last, an ex is still likely to have been an important part of your life. For a while you’ve shared everything and went through ups and down together. The fact that you’ve had such a strong connection with someone is something you’re allowed to look back on with love and pride. The “Wavelengths” series is an ode to these past relationships.
Anyone would agree that raising a child is anything but child’s play. Exhibiting parents down on their hands and knees, the project reflects on different aspects of the parental role. It emphasizes the subservient nature of parenthood and confronts us with a vulnerability that we are not accustomed to associate with our parents. At the same time, the soft, pink carpet under them feels inviting and reminds us of playing on the floor. The uncomfortable position the models are captured in, does not exclude pride. It’s a kneeling out of care, commitment and love, and the vulnerability that comes with the discomfort of this position, that I wanted to capture in these images.
To me this portrait reflects on the position of the individual within our modern day, fast-paced, consumer society. The pressure of keeping up with our achievement-oriented world, may at times make us feel anxious. It’s easy to find ourselves feeling disconnected from what’s going on around us, even though this might now show on the outside.
A portrait series where mothers’ faces are placed onto their daughter’s bodies. The work reflects on growing up as a woman and the shifting relationship we might have with our bodies. It emphasizes the common nature of this journey. Your mother has most likely had a very similar experience growing up as you did. At the same time it is also a reference to our modern western society and it’s focus on the young female body.
A modern take on the classic three section triptych. The work plays with our expectance of beauty. The colourful backgrounds and feminine props have a familiarity with the commercial imagery we’ve grown accustomed to. Usually however, we’ll see a different model taking centre stage in the image. Instead we’re looking at a young boy who, in contrast to the models we know so well, shows off a certain vulnerability in his physique.
A big part of growing up for me was changing the way I saw my parents. They shifted from superhumans to actual humans with their own flaws and vulnerabilities. In portraits I tried to explore this side of them.