A Life Story in Pictures

‘The Self-portraits of Lique Schoot are visual autobiographical statements that reflect current times’

Project : 20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)

Supported by the Mondriaan Fund

Studio View Hair Towels Project
  • Studio View Hair Towels Project
Design for 20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 - 2019)
  • Design for ’20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)’

The painting installation “20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)” shows a contemporary view of humanity. The question “who we are” seems more important than ever. Fear and doubt about our existence have been playing a role for some time due to rapid technological developments; attacks and threats of war, and recently the corona crisis. Our view of humanity has partly been turned upside down. This existential crisis “who am I” is portrayed in a penetrating way because the many eyes of the self-portraits are focused on the viewer.

The work consists of 20 canvases measuring 100 x 70 cm, painted with oil on linen. The total installation is more than 4 meters high and 4 meters wide.

The basis for the work are the self-portraits from the LS diaries, in which the artist has just emerged from the shower with a towel “headdress” wrapped around her head, her skin slightly swollen and irregular from the warm water. Her eyes openly and directly engage the viewer.

The medium of oil paint is chosen because it creates a physical presence. Enhanced by the visibility of the canvas through the paint, the translucence of the thin layers mimics the tactility and fragility of human skin.

The photos were taken between 2008 and 2019 and show one face across a period of more than 10 years. The repetition flattens the chronology and emphasises the resilience of the soul. Together, the separate works form a strong and colorful whole.

Self-portraits 19 01 23 and 15 09 14
  • Self-portraits 19 01 23 and 15 09 14

Virtual Exhibition : The Silent Fire Project

Nasty Women & The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, USA


7 Days in August 2020
  • 7 Days in August 2020 (series: The Corona Diaries)
  • 2020
  • Prints on alu-Dibond
  • 159,6 x 297 cm I 62.6 x 116.9 in
7 Days in September 2020
  • 7 Days in September 2020 (The Corona Diaries)
  • 2020
  • Prints on alu-Dibond
  • 349 x 125 cm I 49.2 x 137.4 in

The Corona Diaries : March 2020 – present

‘The Corona Diaries’ are recent installations of the ‘LS diaries Color’ photographs. They show daily life in times of Corona. The cinematic fragments take place between dream and reality, showing the inner life of the artist.

Within the ‘LS diaries Project’, which started in 2003, ‘The Corona Diaries’ play an important role because the philosophical questions ‘Who Am I ? – Who Are We ?’ are more relevant than ever during the pandemic crisis.

The Silent Fire Project

March 1  –  August 31, 2021

Juried Virtual Exhibition

The exhibition showcases sparsely recorded musical performances and contemporary art in response to a selection of repertoire, such as the musical monologue ‘Ardo in tacito foco’ in which Barbara Strozzi describes her struggle with internal confinement, harrowing heartbreak, and the torture of being silenced.

This diverse program of music may serve as inspiration for both newly commissioned artwork or works that are already in existence that engage with the central theme of women’s experiences.

Nasty Women
The Yale University of Sacred Music

Exhibition : Keep On Keepin’ On

A.I.R. Gallery, New York, USA

Keep On Keepin' On
  • Keep On Keepin’ On (2021)
  • ‘Wake up… Take a shower.. And start the day!’
  • Collage
  • 6 x 4 inches

Keep On Keepin’ On

May 21  –  June 27, 2021

Group Exhibition

The exhibition showcases work that engage with the theme of Keep On Keepin’ On.

How do you Keep On Keepin’ On? What changes have you made in the face of the challenges of the past year to push through, survive, or even thrive? What have you learned that you might share to inspire others?

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street
New York

New Works : LS diaries 2003 – present

In 2003, Lique Schoot began to photograph herself every day. Finding a different aspect from which to capture herself, always hand-held and within arms-length, the photos are taken with a compact, analogue camera, such as the Leica Mini II. Each month, she has the film roll developed and digitized. Titled with the date they are made (year, month and day), these files are edited on the computer into various series, such as ‘LS diaries Self-portraits (b/w)’ and ‘LS diaries Fragments’. She thus creates a continuous and open-ended record of her existence.

The LS diaries contain more than six thousand Self-portraits. The visual diary varies in mood – some tearful, some calm, some confident, some imperious – yet the photographs are unsparingly honest. The invitingly quiet and mysterious photographs capture in a real way the vulnerability of the artist.

Self-portrait 20 09 25
  • Self-portrait 20 09 25 (LS diaries b/w)
Self-portrait 21 04 01
  • Self-portrait 21 04 01 (LS diaries b/w)
Self-portrait 21 02 08
  • Self-portrait 21 02 08 (LS diaries Color)
Self-portrait 20 12 20
  • Self-portrait 20 12 20 (LS diaries Color)
Self-portrait 20 08 12
  • Self-portrait 20 08 12 (LS diaries b/w)