The self-portrait most intrigues me; not only are the deepest feelings and emotions of the artist visible, but also how they stand in society. Looking at ourselves is seeing others and the world around us.’

Lique Schoot is a multidisciplinary artist. She works in the tradition of conceptual art. Her Self-portraits are visual autobiographical statements that reflect current times.

LS diaries

Since graduating in 1997, she has concentrated on the self-portrait as a vehicle for exploring the nature of existence. She has taken a picture of herself every day with an analog compact camera at arm’s length since October of 2003. This continuous stream of self-portraits, ‘LS diaries’, records her existence in one frame every day. Each month, the film roll is developed in the lab. The prints are stored on a CD, subtly edited on the computer, and titled with the date they are made (year, month and day).

LS data

This photographic diary is a central source for ‘LS data’, her entire, growing oeuvre, encompassing paintings, photography, objects, poems, site-specific art, and installations. In all of her work, she explores the dual nature of identity as simultaneously the perpetual reinvention of the self and an equally willful projection of the other. Common emotions and great themes emerge from the quiet simplicity and persistence of her imagery.

LS digids

When through a sale, a work or object disappears forever out of Lique’s life, she uses a final conceptual strategy; she replaces it in her ‘LS data’ with a small work – a printed numeric date-title of the sold self-portrait or object.

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Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach