33 A Poem dictated by the Corset, 2007/2018
[From the series Mademoiselle Jean]
This photo is in her book The Eyes of the Fox, 2018
and before in her TicKL Magazine, 2007
Digital color print based on original Polaroid on pearl photo paper,
Hand signed & numbered by the artist, edition of 7 - nr 01
Carmen De Vos - About the artist
Flying Freelance Portrayer. Purveyor of Exquisite Photographic Peculiarities. Fabriqueur of Foxy Femmes. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the late TicKL-Magazine. Author of THE EYES OF THE FOX, her beautiful, voluptuous photo book published by [ander]-zijds presenting a decade of curiously frivolous Polaroids.
Belgian artist Carmen De Vos mingles highbrow etiquette with sly, subversive eroticism. Her Polaroids are refreshingly audacious and aesthetically wicked, pushing the viewers beyond the boundaries of ordinary life in a way that makes them do about anything to spend one more hour in that mad land of no rules where shameless and sensual women live their baroque fantasies. Enormously longing for what she’s afraid to loose: real human contact, the slowness of being and creating, the tangibility of materials. She is a slow photographer. She shoots Polaroids to frame these mental escapades, they get so easily out of hand. She never really gets cured from naughtiness and can’t help but traveling back to those blessed times of free-love photography with her Polaroids.
Almost without exception she uses old Polaroid camera’s, long time expired film and self-made filters. Her tools and methods - such as film bleaching and deliberate film obstruction - are not precise and are not even geared towards a perfect representation. They often yield results - such as colorisation, deformation, unsharpness - which she could never have predicted on forehand with any certainty, because their flaws do not allow for calculation. She’s not in control. She fights the material. She plans, stages and directs but the decayed chemistry and off-focus lenses add their magic. All by themselves. Which merrily surprises her. Or ruins her image. This battle attracts her as much as it frustrates her. She loves to create within these limitations, to try to produce the best possible image within the narrow circumstances given. Luckily, she’s a sucker for imperfections.
Carmen is frequently published in Belgian magazines and newspapers and in several international magazines.
2018 - ANDERZIJDS - THE EYES OF THE FOX - Antwerpen, Belgium
2016 - TOERISMEKANTOOR KNOKKE HEIST - Knokke, Belgium - Amaluna’s Day Off
2016 - ENFANTS ART SPACE - Hamburg, Germany - Odd Stories
2014 - SCHIPPERSKAPEL - Brugge, Belgium - Odd Stories / (con) Sequences
2014 - DE WERF - Brugge, Belgium - Odd Stories
2012 - WUFTE VILLA - St Agatha Berchem, Belgium - Odd Stories
2006 - FOTOSHOP - Ghent, Belgium - New York, New York
2018 - GALERIE JOSEPH - Paris Photo - Instant Art Paris - Odd Stories cast in resin
2018 - CENTRO PORTUGUÊS DE FOTOGRAFIA (CPF) - womenSEEwomen - Birth & Bees
2018 - IMAGE NATION - Voie off - Instant Art Arles - Odd Stories cast in resin
2018 - GALERIJ PIM DE RUDDER - Assenede, Belgium - Zomers naakt
2018 - POLAROID FESTIVAL 2018 - Paris, France - The Story of Miss Eris
2018 - NUCLEO GHENT - Fotoshop presents 1 + 1 - The Tsar Bride
2018 - GALERIJ PIM DE RUDDER - Assenede, Belgium - Achter het Raam, Touch
2018 - GALERIE VERBEECK - VAN DYCK - Antwerp, Belgium - Oogst, portrait of Kati Heck
2018 - BOMBAY BEACH BIENNALE - California, USA - Odd Stories
2018 - INSIDE ART - Ghent, Belgium - Les Foxy Femmes de Carmen De Vos
2018 - PORTRAITS - Hellerau Photography Awards - Birth