Using self-portraiture to place herself in the centre of the story creating an alter-ego for Piet The series ‘Big SISTER’ invites the viewer to re evaluate Zwarte Piet, no longer the slave or child-like fool, but a commanding adult female presence with a very different agenda.
“For the last 15 years Photography and specifically self-portraiture has played a key role in all my work. While many of the manipulated images become textiles, each series of work always generate ‘stand alone’ photographs…”
Her series of Textiles called ‘No One came here to hide’ concentrates’ on portraiture. The title, a quote by the writer and performer Bill Withers was taken from a recent radio interview. The portraits, a natural progression from her previous work investigating black face and Zwarte Piet, had a working title of ‘I see you – but do you see me…?’
While my initial focus was on capturing certain regard, the juxtaposition of layers offers an opportunity to explore the tension and possible conflicting narratives – escaping or hiding? Opening up or closing down? Object or subject?
For her latest work see her blog “ In the studio now…”