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Lique Schoot  Gelderland, The Netherlands

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About Lique

Lique Schoot exclusively paints herself. She is making self-portraits for more than 10 years now. As of October 2003, she has been making a picture of herself every day. The paintings act as visual diaries. Some of the images started out digitally and these are used as a basis for her paintings.

The artist tries continuously challenge photography and painting; the strongly lightened self-portraits refer to studied exposures in the studio. While the paintings keep their instantaneous character of the snapshots, this brevity disappears, or perhaps better, is compromised, by the time needed for the painting procedure itself.

Nevertheless, her self-portraits are snapshots (rather than instantaneous scenes) from her daily life, with additional information provided by the backgrounds: Lique Schoot on the sofa, in the bathroom, in the garden, etc. Thus, she exposes herself in different ways, differently dressed, and with varying feelings, moods and emotions. Thus, by the act of the painting her life out, Lique distances herself somewhat from her life and her work rises above the plain self-portrait. Doing this she makes herself purposely vulnerable to the spectator, delivering a “suggestion”, or a “fragment of life”, rather than just a portrait, a graphic novel in which she acts her own life out.

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10 of 14 reactions displayed

"I feel like the eyes should be the other way around..."

"This artist is very talented. I took a college art course, where we were supposed to paint a self portrait. Mine turned out more like a cartoon character. Her paintings are so life like, they could pass for digital art. I love all the emotion displayed in each of her paintings."

"Me again...., thanks for your comment Doryphorus, it is just what you are saying, portraits of an every day woman. It is about life, a moment in a day, a moment in life."

"I do not only paint myself, but I paint people who are looking at themselves. (thanks to Philip Akkerman)"

"Cindy Sherman used a variety of outlandish personae in her photos, complete with costumes and wigs etc. It was unique for its day, woman as subject instead of object.It was also a response to Paris Vogue, for which she was contracted to take photographs of new clothing designs. It was really an indictment of the modeling industry as a whole. Lique is simply and uniquely portraying an every day woman from theNetherlands,..every day!Like the female nude of the renaissance, her beauty stands on its own and in her own time."

"Hmmm.... the eyes are what ruin it for me and I also thought that these were photos of someone deceased."

"The art itself doesn't do much for me, I mean besides the point the artist is taking pictures of herself, the photos themselves aren't all that interesting."

"I think this artist has a great skill which could be utilized with different subject matters. Great painter, poor idea,"

"Creepy,dark, very negative. I don't see any beauty or life in the model.It looks like a photo of a corpse."

"Rembrandt painted 90 portrates of himself."

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