Singular Plural Portraits series
Print after Polaroid
“A portrait evokes, to paraphrase Bataille, ‘the freedom of a cloud filling the sky, forming and breaking up at an unhurried speed, drawing the power of invasion out of inconstancy and detachment’. It is the image of what a human being shows, of the interaction between his inner nature and the outside world. Making portraits compels the artist to be always on the move, to work without certitude. It involves confronting ‘somebody else’ and his or her singular experience of the world. Being face to face with this other person leads to a certain fascination: extreme detachment. A thread runs through these images; something indescribable circulates amongst mankind. We can sometimes experience a state of grace set free by our imagination, plunge into this part of us that seems to ignore time.”
Isabelle Waternaux, April 1997.
Text : Carole Vantroys.
Translation : Pamela Hargreaves.