Suzanne Jongmans’ Golden Age

Art & Design

“I use the elements in the present as in the past, the objects in my work are used as symbols of values. I mutate old costumes into new plastics and old masters in new photographic works.  By using time foreign materials, plastics and technology, I am creating a time crux, a tension of time.” Says Suzanne Jongmans.


Her series of portraits have a certain reference to Holbein, Clouet, Vermeer.   It is no coincidence as she investigates texture with a feel of both the present and the past.

Clouet's portrait of Elizabeth of Austria


photo: Portrait of Sophia Trip by van der Helst

Since 2007 she has been working on the series ‘foam sculptures’: caps and collars, inspired by 16th and 17th century Flemish and Dutch “Golden Age” paintings, made from materials currently used for packaging and insulation (cheap material which is often discarded after use). By using these materials Jongmans makes a reference to consumerism and the rapid circulation of materials.  Jongmans transforms old costumes into new plastics and old masters into new photographic works.


The pose, lighting and the intensity of the portraits subjects are wonderful.  And her creative use of materials as fabrics never looked better giving going green another interpretation.  Well done!

Have an infinitely modern day!




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