Inside a Portrait
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1997

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Video images are projected on and through a polished metal plate, out of which the contours of a figure have been cut. As this plate hangs free in space it turns slowly, moved by the air current and its own weight. As a consequence of the moment the projected video images are constantly changing as they in turn are being reflected from the polished surface onto the surrounding walls. Using the specific qualities of the projected video images we want to create a sculptural portrait. The intention of the installation is to bring into question the notion of the self image and that of another.
Frequently in classic portraiture the emphasis was placed on the likeness of the subject. In this particular portrait we place the emphasis on the ‘inner world’. We ar
also using images produced through various scanning methods. Certainly these barely visible aspects also contribute tot the persona. Thus the title ‘inside a portrait’.
Some of the questions we asked ourselves whilst making this work were: is landscape also to be found within a person and how would you recognise it? How do we see ourselves and how do our surroundings influence the picture we have of the our self? (text of the artists)
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  • Date: 1997
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - single-channel video installation