My work consists of performances, paintings, sculptural installations, photo and video work, in which I use myself and selfmade objects, costumes and scenography to create images and stories. A recurring object and theme in my work is ‘the mask’, which I use to explore the complexity of human identity. Every human exists out of many faces, all of whom originate from the perception of the other. A mask is an object that represents the multilayered character and is a tool for a ritual or performance, to become ‘the other’.
For This Art Fair 2020 I present ‘The Lazy Horse Salon’, a salon-like solo presentation of paintings, work on paper, photography and masks. It contains a lot of new work, which I made during an artist in residency in Mexico City. In the middle of the salon you will find a life-size soft horse on which you can sit or lay down to enjoy the work and some Mexican Carmen atmosphere.
I was born in Amsterdam, where I currently live and work. In 2012 I received a BA in Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, after a year of painting studies at the Academia de Belle Arti in Rome. In 2015 I completed a MFA in Theatre Costume Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerpen, with a research and a body of work which I called ‘naked masks’. In 2017-2018 I received ‘the new maker fund’ of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, with which I made two large-scale in-situ performances. In 2019 I spend two months in an artist in residency in Mexico, where I did research on the local masks and rituals connected to the day of the death.www.carmenschabracq.nl