TRANSFORMING OLD COSTUMES INTO NEW PLASTICS – A TIME CROSSING TENSION BETWEEN TIMES

Suzanne Jongmans’ photography studies the relationship between present and past as well as the transience and vulnerability of invisible and intangible time. Since 2007 the Dutch photographer has worked on her series Foam Sculptures inspired by 16th and 17th century paintings.

Jongmans herself describes her melancholic, warm compositions filled with ephemeral gems as follows: “Elements of both present and past”. She goes on to explain:

“The objects in my work are used as value symbols. I mutate old costumes into new plastics and old masters into new photographic works. By using materials alien to the epoch such as plastics I create a “time crossing – tension between times.”

Thanks to its technical sophistication, its element of drama and its painters’ illumination her photography is reminiscent of portraits by Holbein, Piero Della Francesca, Van Eyck, Clouet, Vermeer and of paintings from Holland’s Golden Age. With this dichotomy they create a tension between the ages. The photographs resulting from this viewpoint convey a sense of elegance and timelessness questioning our contemporary consumption behaviour and its predatory waste production.