Beginning: “Each reflection…” & Follow-Up Projects

My original training in ceramics and later painting (figures) lead to the question: how do we visually perceive a 3D tangible object? Looking at a tangible figure, are we actually able to see it in 3D or do our brains perceive a 2D image? Vice versa, when looking at a painted or photographed figure, does our brain translate it into a 3D image?

I am creating 3D figures, which by photographing them I turn into 2D images. I am often asked if I was willing to sell or exhibit the figures I use in the images. Usually I deny this, because the purpose of the puppets is to create two-dimensional lens-based images, and the images carry a certain information that is very specific, of which the figures are only an element of.
The puppets carry a different, arguably also interesting information about themselves, but this does not play an important role in the images I want to create; other than to people who are interested in the construction and design of the puppets they are only a tool to create my actual work.
Equally important elements of my work are light and shadow; next to composition and angles these make the figures used appear completely different as if they were looked at in daylight. This process has parallels to painting.

It also questions the topic ownership of art. What is the essence of visual art? Its tangible substance and materialistic qualities or the information obtainable from looking at it? Conclusively, is it necessary or even possible to physically and legally own art, and if so: which part of it do we own and how does this manifest itself? Do we need to possess the actual work and if so, how often do we need to view it or do we actually no longer need to view it at all after we bought it? Or do we own art by looking at it, or by remembering what we can of it after having looked at it?
Do we only own what we remember?

The project “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me” was the first project I developed in this technique and I am working like that since; I have by now created several albums and the puppets have changed over time.
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