“Guda Koster’s photos will immediately get the viewer in a cheerful mood. The clear-cut shapes and patterns in bright off-colours or variations of black & white seem to combine naturally in the photographed set-ups, which offer glimpses or suggestions of essential body parts like legs or arms and the clearly not visible head. In fact, one enters quite effortlessly and without much ado into Koster’s perfect make-believe world, in which textiles act as would-be living tissue interacting with seemingly lifelike human props – or are we witness here of textile props neatly covering up living human dolls whilst pretending to be a still life?
Enticing playthings, deceptive postures, absurd contortions abide self-evidently in Koster’s playful ‘Cover Up’ universe. In our image-driven 21st century society in which protecting one’s personal privacy is virtually impossible, these irresistible cover-ups make sense, because with the versatile “S.H.I.E.L.D.”s of her imagination Guda Koster proposes with light-hearted exuberance the possibility of a personal and private playground. And who wouldn’t like to be standing out in the crowd and still be invisible?”
Marie Jeanne de Rooij, from ‘Uncovering a cover up?’www.gudakoster.nl