Puk, the artist
Puk is a female installation & visual artist. Born in The Hague – the Netherlands (1972). From an early age she is into drawing, painting, photography and the dark room. During her childhood she moved almost every two years. She enjoyed the novelty of new surroundings and new people. These frequent changes, clearly formed her. She’s outgoing and openly curious about anything and everything. Because of her curiosity, she’s always asking questions and embarking on journeys to find possible answers. During her early twenties she started to travel and live abroad for about ten years. Working as an outdoor instructor and scuba instructor, she literally played with the experience of 3D. Being adventurous she pushed the boundaries during scuba diving. This ultimately let to a forced change of carrier. This journey let her back to an old love; photography.
Installation & visual artist
Although Puk works with photographic processes, she is not a photographer in any traditional sense. Rather, she creates installations. These are a result of her being curious and philosophical. If everything is relative, it should also be possible to apply it to photography when presenting the images. Science, philosophy, cubism, conceptual- and experimental art, clearly influence her.
The photographs undergo whatever Puk finds relevant to help emphasis the theme or subject. “When creating ‘me my Self & you’ it was obvious to me I had to work with cut-outs. This enabled me to vary heights and mirrors to emphasis my personal confusion about the Self. I always want to add something to the visual experience that goes beyond a photographic image.”
The philosophical and experimental approach keep challenging her to be daring and look at things differently. Because the subject is leading, not the technique (photography), we expect Puk to use different mediums to create her art.
Probably best known for her Polaroid Paradox series. With this art work she shows how a Polaroid can bring together the past, present and future. The Ice Prisoner, is a multi media installation. Within this installation, photography is combined with spoken word and an overwhelming soundscape. Finally, her latest project me, my Self & you. This is an art installation made of viewing boxes on one side and a large intriguing self-portrait on the opposing wall.
Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, Belgium.
Dutch, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.