As I use photography as a starting point in my drawings it was kind of inevitable that I , at one point would use that medium to speak out before touching my pencils. I first started cutting in a small new series of self-portraits. Looking at the body and talking to myself with the cutter and red thread. The result is a series of 14 photographs with the Title: “Her name wasn’t Alma”, plus a bigger piece that stands out on it’s own called “HYMNE”.
The going into the paper…the coming out of the paper…It felt like a dance in a way… The need to go into the matter…
“Her name wasn’t Alma”
14 A4 sized Biotoop paper prints on 5mm foam-board
| photography | paper-cutting and thread | Belinda Claushuis 2017 |
About the title Hymne; A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of adoration or prayer and typically addressed to a deity or deities, or to a prominent figure or personification. The word hymn derives from Greek ὕμνος (hymnos), which means “a song of praise”. The singing of a hymn is the earliest documented musical activity in the Christian church and part of the Liturgy.
Liturgy is the customary public worship performed by a religious group, according to its beliefs, customs and traditions. And here it comes: ‘Liturgy is a communal response to and participation in, the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication or repentance’.
| Photography & Paper-cutting |Size: 126.5X149cm | Belinda Claushuis | Mei 2017 |
A self-portrait printed (mirror horizontal + the original photo) twice on Biotoop paper then glued together. The composition is put together with steel pins that are pushed into 5mm foam board. Attached to the back of the print (bottom/centre) is a A2 sized mirror as the woman is pulled out of the paper while looking at herself.
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