I hesitated for a long time to post this work. You will maybe say: good that you covered her. Hahaha. But it's not about that. Maybe the original is not the best portrait ever painted. But in the end I found it...or more: it found me. You know, quality of art does not always equate to skills. It is even the opposite, sometimes just a good technique is quite boring. I think we have to let art have its own peculiarity. There are incredibly strong works that are very weird, crazy or just different. That's how it is here, too. At first I did a lot more with this painting here. Very many complicated ribbons, very Alexander Roslin, and then saw that it is not that what this portrait is. So I stuck with this mountain of bows and love it. It's a bit like Instagram or social media at all. There is a propagated beauty that hardly anyone reaches. But there are billions of other beauties that don't even need to be anything else, just themselves. I think we can also walk through museums with this thought in mind.
Hidden Lampi, Photocollage 2022
My works from the series of Hidden Portraits are interventions via Photoshop in photos of historical portrait paintings. They are digital works that I produce as classical photo prints. I cover the faces in different ways, but I do not add anything from the outside to the paintings. I only reshape individual elements of the painting itself, taking into account the special characteristics of the painter and the painting. The Hidden Portraits are a contemporary view of art history, of paintings as part of representation. I hide individuality behind the magnificent surfaces and try to incorporate a contemporary discourse on codes of clothing and society into historical paintings.