It is also, at least for me, when I tried to work in her style, impossible to duplicate. Here is what I came up with when attempting to capture the spirit of her work.
|Icarus, collage on playing card, Laura Tringali Holmes 2013|
Although I like my collage well enough, in the end what I wound up building was a collision, not a conversation. I was simply not able to achieve what I set out to do, which was to create a dialog of equal voices such as so artfully constructed by Katrien De Blauwer. In my homage, my Icarus, very much alive, leaps to the sun from the bird's nest of straw that is the lady's hat. The lady might be dead or dying for all I know. That my Icarus will have his solar meltdown soon enough and plummet down to earth to join the lady on the ground is, in this case, immaterial. I was looking to construct a relationship where the participants were equally engaged, and this I could not do. I had to settle for a pun on Icarus' flight...of all the playing cards I could have chosen from my deck of Birds of America, note that I chose the one featuring the Bohemian Waxwing.
My hat is off to you, Katrien De Blauwer! I am moved and inspired by your work.
Please enjoy Katrien De Blauwer's work here:http://www.katriendeblauwer.com/Home
Here are a few pieces from her gallery to whet your appetite.
|From the Dress series, Katrien De Blauwer|
|From the Rendez-vouz series, Katrien De Blauwer|
|From the Feminin series, Katrien De Blauwer|
|From the Without series, Katrien De Blauwer|
|From the Inappropriate series, Katrien De Blauwer|