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



2016

STATUE


The statue: A symbol of power, beauty and historic value. Although, those are the dogmas it was created with. Placing the sculpture in contexts of violence, the piece no longer represents its maker’s ideas, but seems to take on a life of its own. Getting beheaded by Isis; beat up by protestants, or burried after being cut in pieces in the outbacks of Berlin. Ages after the classical sculptor created his sculpture, I reconsidered its symbolic meaning in the context of today’s violent events by using photography, sculpture, found footage and digitally manipulated documentation.

Read the piece Brad Feuerhelm wrote about the project on American Suburb X
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