IRIS

VAN

DER

ZEE







Born 1993, The Netherlands. Graduated with a Bachelor in Arts (Photography) at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague in 2016.

My interest lays in the human representation in sculpture and more specifically its changing perception through time, sociopolitical events and modern day popculture. My practice is characterized by a constant interaction between photography and sculpture. Photography enables me to turn a sculpture into a portrait, which makes a huge difference in the perceptual experience of the viewer. Photographic techniques prove to have sculptural qualities as well. By photographing the sculpture, I control the angle of view, crop, lighting, point of focus as well as the endless possibilities of digital manipulation. Rather than just capturing the sculpture, the medium of photography plays a role in creating the sculpture itself. Applying the rules of portrait photography to sculpture photography, gives me access to experiment with the borders of what we perceive as a human figure in the visual arts.

For further inquiries, e-mail me at studioirisvanderzee@outlook.com





2019
ONGOING PROJECT

ARCHETYPE


Statue menhirs are the tangible proof that people in the early days of civilization had an urge for their own representation. There is much uncertainty about what their precise function is. They could be war monuments or resemble fertility, but the chance that they're just an image of a beautiful woman is also very likely. A sculpture, preserved so well for such a long time is very precious within the history of our civilization. But is it righteous to count these stones to our intellectual and cultural heritage, while we might be looking at an image of the hottest girl in town?

For most millennials "Kim Kardashian Crying” will make them think of the meme with the same title. This meme, no matter how basic, belongs to the collective memory of my generation. Giving an anthropomorphic papermache shape the same title, enables me to make a modern menhir out of the crying Kim Kardashian. By placing this object next to two context-stripped images of menhirs, I shift 4000 years of history to the background to initiate a comparison between the two.

Why do we value the one as culture and the other as entertainment? And if we find modern entertainment so basic, is it right that we see a sculpture without a clear representation as intellectual, just because it has been around for 4000 years?