20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)

Design for 20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 - 2019)
  • 20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)
  • Oil on linen
  • 20 x  100 x 70 cm I 20 x  39.3 x 27.6 in
  • 409 x 362 cm I 161 x 142.5 in
  • 2020 / 2022

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-portrait 19 01 23
  • Self-portrait 19 01 23
Self-portrait 15 01 14
  • Self-portrait 15 01 14
Self-portrait 08 12 11
  • Self-portrait 08 12 11
Self-portrait 09 07 30
  • Self-portrait 09 07 30

The Silent Artist (2004 – present) – in progress…

The Silent Artist 2004 - 2022, #17
  • The Silent Artist 2004 – 2022, #17
  • Prints on alu-Dibond
  • 130 x 300 cm I 51.2 x 118.1 in
  • 2022

LS diaries 2003 – present

Since October of 2003, Lique takes one photo a day at arms-length with an analogue compact camera to create a continuous and open-ended record of her existence. The visual diary contains more than 6000 Self-portraits. All the photographs are titled by date (Y-M-D).

The Silent Artist

In her recent installations, ‘The Silent Artist’, Lique shows human life in a poetic and cinematic way. She both directs and plays the lead, each day a frame in aconceptual movie. The photos are an intuitive montage of film stills based on true life. They are a pure registration of felt experience.

Understood as a film, ‘The Silent Artist’ remains as close as possible to life itself. By giving the installations a poetic structure, the elusive and sublimated hidden phenomena of life are connected in a way that gives insight into the human condition. Our understanding of the meaning of the work flows naturally from our individual experience up to and including the work. This fragmentary poetic stream is an emotional appeal to the viewer to freely interpret a narrative and thereby participate in a deeper investigation of their own life.

An installation of 15 – 18 photos is made of each year and measures approximately 300 x 130 cm – 118.1 x 51.2 in. The installations can be combined with each other, showing different years together. All the years from 2003 – present show more than 350 Self-portraits.

Self-portrait 21 07 12
  • Self-portrait 21 07 12
Self-portrait 21 05 11
  • Self-portrait 21 05 11

32 Days in my Bedroom (2005 – 2021) – in progress…

32 Days in my bedroom, sketch, 2022
  • Design for painting installation, 2022

32 Days in my Bedroom (2005 – 2021)

The painting installation ’32 Days in my Bedroom’ shows daily moments of Lique in her bedroom from 2005 until 2021. Photos from The LS diaries serve as a starting point. In addition to emotions such as joy, sadness and loneliness, there is also room for humor and subtle eroticism.

The work is a universal story about life itself, about being human with all kind of emotions, recognizable for everyone.

The extensive installation from approximately 4 x 7 m consists of 32 paintings from 100 x 85 cm, painted with thin layers of oil on linen. The work is a sequel to ’20 Days with Hair Towels (2008 – 2019)’.