About the Artist
Flying Freelance Portrayer. Purveyor of Exquisite Photographic Peculiarities. Fabriqueur of Foxy Femmes. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the late TicKL-Magazine. Author of THE EYES OF THE FOX, her beautiful, voluptuous photo book published by [ander]-zijds presenting a decade of curiously frivolous Polaroids.
Belgian artist Carmen De Vos mingles highbrow etiquette with sly, subversive eroticism. Her Polaroids are refreshingly audacious and aesthetically wicked, pushing the viewers beyond the boundaries of ordinary life in a way that makes them do about anything to spend one more hour in that mad land of no rules where shameless and sensual women live their baroque fantasies.
Enormously longing for what she’s afraid to loose: real human contact, the slowness of being and creating, the tangibility of materials. She is a slow photographer. She shoots Polaroids to frame these mental escapades, they get so easily out of hand. She never really gets cured from naughtiness and can’t help but traveling back to those blessed times of free-love photography with her Polaroids.
Almost without exception she uses old Polaroid camera’s, long time expired film and self-made filters. Her tools and methods - such as film bleaching and deliberate film obstruction - are not precise and are not even geared towards a perfect representation. They often yield results - such as colorisation, deformation, unsharpness - which she could never have predicted on forehand with any certainty, because their flaws do not allow for calculation. She’s not in control. She fights the material. She plans, stages and directs but the decayed chemistry and off-focus lenses add their magic. All by themselves. Which merrily surprises her. Or ruins her image. This battle attracts her as much as it frustrates her. She loves to create within these limitations, to try to produce the best possible image within the narrow circumstances given. Luckily, she’s a sucker for imperfections.
The Eyes of the Fox
‘The Eyes of the Fox’ by Carmen De Vos, Uitgeverij ander-zijds, 208 pp., 50 euro
'The Eyes of the Fox presents a decade of foxy Polaroid photography. A beautiful, voluptuous coffee table book designed and published by [ander]-zijds The Belgian art photographer, Carmen De Vos, mingles highbrow etiquette with sly, subversive eroticism. She is a fabricator of Foxy Femmes. a purveyor of exquisite odd photo stories, and the founder and editor-in-chief of the late TicKL-Magazine. Her Polaroids are refreshingly audacious and aesthetically wicked, pushing the viewers beyond the boundaries of ordinary life in a way that makes them do about anything to spend one more hour in that mad land of no rules.' by Amy Heaton
'Elke foto van kunstfotografe Carmen De Vos is een daad van escapisme. In haar universum is alles prikkelender, sensueler, weelderiger dan in onze alledaagse realiteit. Zwangere vrouwen zijn schaamteloos uitdagend, mannen kruipen ongegeneerd voor vrouwen, foxy femmes tonen trots hun derrière. Tien jaar lang legde ze deze schaamteloosheid vast op polaroid, met een barokke beeldtaal die niet zomaar te ontcijferen valt. Al die foto’s zijn nu gebundeld in een luxueuze uitgave. De perfecte uitweg om de koude winterdagen wat te kruiden.' door Annelies Vanbelle voor TheArtCouch