SUZANNE JONGMANS

The photography of Suzanne Jongmans investigates the relationship between present and past, and the transience and vulnerability of time. Since 2007, the Dutch photographer has been working on her series ʻFoam Sculpturesʼ, inspired by 16th and 17th century paintings. She describes her process thus: 

"I use the elements in the present as in the past. The objects in my work are used as symbols of values. I mutate old costumes into new plastics and old masters in new photographic works. By using time foreign materials, plastics and techno's, I am creating a time crux: a tension of time." 

The resulting images convey an elegance and timelessness whilst referencing consumerism and its rapacious production of waste. While the photographs themselves, with their technical refinement and painterly lighting, bring to mind the portraits of Holbein, Clouet, Vermeer and Hollandʼs Golden Age, Jongman's subtle inclusion of a tattoo, an i-pod or a foot in plaster integrates these images into the 21st century.