“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world's view of us.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando
(Female)identity, how we fulfil different roles in our lives and how many versions of ourselves we can assume, are major topics in my work. I want to question the state of women, finding their identity and dealing with the balancing act between their various roles. In the theatre the reversal of roles happens with the help of costumes. How does this take shape in real life?
Drawing from my previous work as a stage and costume designer, I create my digital collages similar to a construction of a theatrical scenery, using the method of combining different elements (own photographs and analogue works as well as magazine clippings), curtains, costumes and coulisses and playing with depths and illusions. This construction of the artworks is a long process in which digitally layer by layer is put together, painted over, and cut out.
The finished, printed artworks are two-dimensional, but relate to a three-dimensional space due to the multilayered creation process. Therefore, I perceive each digital collage as a little theatre production itself, telling a (female)story and showing women in imaginary places. The combination of text and image fascinates me, and I am interested in the thoughts that evoke in the viewer through the interplay of title and artwork. How much can they relate to their own stories?