Original Photograph from the series The River Knows, Mombeek #1 (BE)
image: 35,9 x 23,9 cm
paper size: 40 x 28 cm
Inkjet print on Epson Photo Rag 308Gr.
Limited edition of 25 copies numbered and signed on the back
Birgit Stulens - The River Knows
Embracing traces of Ophelia; the river remembers.
Water reflects the sky masking what lies beneath, breaking the light, distorting the image, mirroring or translucent and layered, clear or cloudy, calm and peaceful or troubled and treacherous, giving and taking life, carrying slowly diluting memories towards the open sea, never giving them away completely.
This introspective body of work handles with memories and loss, the flow of mourning, and gradually letting go.
We are the river
°Hasselt 1970 (BE)
Lives and works in Belgium
Birgit studied Photography at the SASK Academy of Fine Arts Hasselt until 2001, and followed a summer workshop with Erwin Olaf at Flacc in 2001, and got her Specialisation Degree in 2009 with honorable mention.
In her photography, she is looking out for the unremarkable, the pattern, the recurrent. It’s the interest for contrast and dualism that shapes her work. A subject evolves into abstraction, as if the image becomes a painting, and the silence is found.
Concepts of time, repetition, freezing a moment, subtle differences in light and shadow attract her attention. The awareness of being close to nature and of our limited time in this world has turned her eye to vulnerable and futile themes.