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Cuny Janssen
Finding Thoughts
HC, 17 x 23 cm., o.pp.
Photographers Gallery 2005

"Cuny Janssen is not an opportunistic artist. Her working process starts with the discipline of a plate camera and ends with a very careful edit long after the photograph has been taken. Her portraits come about through long periods of time spent with sitters and their families although the specific names of her sitters are not identified in the final works. Her photographs are neither snapshots nor formally poised moments. Alluding to a rich history of the portrait in art, her colour images actively engage in the quandaries of the portrait as psychological space and philosophical construct. Both the photographs of landscapes and children, juxtaposed without textual interpretation, carry an ambiguous undercurrent of expectancy and stasis in equal measure. We might relate them to Proust?s concept of ?extra-temporalisation?, meaning literally 'a place out of time'.

Overall, Janssen's practice has positive connotations; her ostensible subjects are of young lives and unspoiled nature. Combined with the children's resilience and the displaced feeling of the landscapes, Janssen?s project emerges as a highly contemplative body of work, encouraging an optimistic reading of the enduring truths of survival and beauty." Photographer's Gallery


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