Edition: 30 Finish: Round excision, print on brushed gold aluminum
About Cru King #1 Cru King #1 is part of the Cru-series. The vulnerability of a naked or half-naked body is an important subject in the work of Barbara Vandendriessche. When she saw the fragility of a feathery quail body, she made the connection with the vulnerable feminine body. She was also caught by the fierceness, the power and majestic appearance of the head of the magnificent Bresse chicken. This creature expresses leadership and authority. The choice for a round excision refers to the classic state portrait or the profile paintings from the Renaissance.
About Barbara Vandendriessche With her artistic pictures, Belgian art photographer Barbara Vandendriessche seeks for the beauty in the tragical, in melancholy, sometimes even in pain. She started out as a stage director, but some years ago she stepped out of the black box to make artistic photography projects, influenced by her work as a theatermaker, as a storyteller. Her photography looks theatrical. But ‘theatricality’ is an elastic concept and also has many negative connotations: bombastic, exaggerated, false or artificial. This is the opposite of what she seeks in her work. This is how she defines it herself: theatralization is the abstracting and enlargement of reality to evoke emotion in the viewer, not through reason, but directly appealing to an approach that can be traced to our ritual instincts. Theatricality as a pre-aesthetic instinct. That is what she tries to represent with her photography: how to portray the emotional body tragically? How to create a tragic image that expresses emotion and triggers emotion? The search for images with an intensity, no images with intentions. Images you look at because they tell you something, even if you do not immediately know what. Images that evoke a story, without being narrative themselves. Often with the female body as an expression of beauty.