Christa van der Meer Portraits
Dutch fashion designer and artist Christa van der Meer graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2013. Above are two portraits, namely "Kitty" (left) and "Javina" (right), created by Christa during her stay in Cape Town last autumn. We asked Christa to tell us a bit more about these portraits, what inspired her and what her stay in Cape Town was like.
"I believe drawing is essential for designing. My clothing arises from intensive and thorough research into concept, shape study, expression, colour, material and proportions in order to investigate different mediums to communicate my work. Portrait drawings usually form the base for my collections. It is an instrument to create a new perspective both visually and emotionally.
Looking at people is one of my favourite things to do and I am often intrigued by faces. I don’t want to tell a story with my portraits. I believe that an image should be a recreation of a moment rather than an illustration or documentation of an object or story.
I believe that a person’s face is a passage to an individual’s identity and this passage intrigues me. Very often someone’s appearance reveals their character. And generally speaking you can, to a large extent, analyze someone’s character by their appearance. My aim is not to portray someone’s soul or psyche. I can only make a portrait of someone’s appearance; however I believe that the interaction between face and personality is deeply connected.
My months in Cape Town turned out to be extremely inspiring in many aspects of my creative process. When I was there, my environment was a laboratory where I had permission to deal with difficult subjects such as beauty and masculinity."