Photographer Suzanne Jongmans‘ ‘foam sculptures’ series was inspired by 16th and 17th century Flemish and Dutch “Golden Age” paintings. Her photographs feature costumes made from foreign materials, which are used for packaging and then usually thrown away. This creates a tension as past elements are recreated in the present with unexpected material for new photographic works.
Referring to both vulnerability and impermanence, I am investigating the texture and feel of both the present and past. Since 2007 I have been working on the series ‘foam sculptures’: caps and collars, inspired by 16th and 17th century paintings, made from materials currently used for packaging and insulation. This is also an inferior material which is often discarded after use.
By using this material I make a reference to consumerism and the rapid circulation of materials.
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