Lonneke van der Palen’s practice focuses on creating artificial sets, responding to existing spaces within the everyday. Highly stylised, the images bring into focus the nature of circulated media and constructed realities.
The Assistant series is dedicated to the people that are closely involved in the realisation of van der Palen’s work – contemporary vanitas that are an ode to collaboration. Creating consistency and well-considered compositions, the closely cropped photographs filter out contextual details and add theatricality to the subject matter.
Building sets around shape, colour and light, each scenario strikes a balance between forms, capturing the hands of unknown figures and transforming them into graphic sculptures.
1. All images from The Assistant. Courtesy of Lonneke Van der Palen.