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'Julie, Portrait of a Woman' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Julie, Portrait of a Woman’ by Suzanne Jongmans (2012)
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

Check out the fabulous work of Dutch photographer, Suzanne Jongmans. In her ‘Foam Sculptures’ series she uses costumes of caps and collars, inspired by 16th and 17th Century paintings, and made from packaging and insulation material that would otherwise be discarded.

I find them quite compelling…

'Girl with Cape' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Girl with Cape’ by Suzanne Jongmans (2007)
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

'Prince Jonah' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Prince Jonah’ by Suzanne Jongmans (2010)
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

'Lady with Pearls' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Lady with Pearls’ by Suzanne Jongmans (2009)
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

'Owen, the Dialogue' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Owen, the Dialogue’ by Suzanne Jongmans
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

'Girl in Cloak' by Suzanne Jongmans

‘Girl in Cloak’ by Suzanne Jongmans (2010)
(Image © Suzanne Jongmans)

You can check out more of Suzanne Jongman’s work here. She has another series which also reinterprets the old portraits of the 16th and 17th centuries, but instead of up-cycled foam, these include items from the 21st Century – an iPod, a tattoo, a plaster cast – to bring the portraits clearly into present day.

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