Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller – Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬

The title of my visual essay is the Latin word for tear. When Lee Miller left her lover Man Ray, he created one of his most famous photographs, Larmes (Tears, 1930–32), which depicts a woman whose weeping has been transformed into glass beads. The image embodies the idea of sorrow or trauma – a driving force for both Miller and myself and one that continues to inform my work.

When I first saw one of the many portraits Man Ray took of Miller, I was struck not only by her astounding beauty but by the fact that she appeared to be the kind of person that most women would like to be: calm, fierce, fearless. When I discovered that Miller was a photographer, it made me even more interested in her. I’ve always been drawn to the art of the first part of the 20th century and the surrealists are especially dear to my heart. (In fact, I toyed with calling this visual essay ‘Fachan’, after the creature from Celtic mythology that only had one eye, one leg and a single hand protruding from its chest.) Miller and I share certain experiences: we were both fashion models in our younger years and she, too, was employed as a commercial photographer in order to finance her more personal work.

I relate to Miller’s distrust of dogma and her intimation of the uncanny and the grotesque: a shadow is always present. That said, humour is never far off. What most attracts me to her pictures, though, is her free thinking and the surrealist eye she cast upon the world.

By translating some of my ideas into black and white, I’ve tried to pay homage to Miller’s work in a direct way. I like to think about how my photographs might have looked if I had lived in her time. Yet, for me, the images Miller created don’t exist solely in the past: her legacy moves through time, like a river. 

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Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬

Published in frieze, issue 198, October 2018, with the title ‘Lacrima’.

All images courtesy: © Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A major survey of her work, ‘Hot Mirror’, is on view at the Hepworth Wakefield, UK, and will travel to Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle, Switzerland, in February 2019. The exhibition runs concurrently with ‘Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain’ at the Hepworth Wakefield. Sassen’s book Hot Mirror was published earlier this year. Her work is also included in the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea, until 28 October and the 3rd Beijing Photo Biennial, China, until 28 November.

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我的视觉散文标题是拉丁语的眼泪。当李·米勒离开她的情人曼雷时,他创作了一张他最著名的照片,拉姆斯(泪水,1930-32),描绘了一个女人的哭泣已经变成了玻璃珠。这幅画体现了悲伤或创伤的思想——一种对米勒和我都具有推动力的力量,一种继续影响我工作的力量。当我第一次看到曼雷拍摄的米勒的众多肖像画之一时,我不仅被她惊人的美貌所打动,而且被她似乎是大多数女人都想成为的那种人所打动:平静、凶猛、无畏。当我发现Miller是摄影师时,这使我对她更感兴趣。我一直被吸引到二十世纪第一部分的艺术中,超现实主义者对我的内心尤为珍爱。(事实上,我以凯尔特神话中只有一只眼睛,一条腿,一只手从胸膛伸出来的生物命名这篇视觉文章“Fachan”)米勒和我分享了一些经验:我们都是年轻时代的时装模特,她也被雇用作模特。一个商业摄影师为了资助她更多的个人工作。我与Miller对教条的不信任以及她对诡异和怪诞的暗示有关:阴影总是存在。这就是说,幽默永远不会遥远。然而,最吸引我的是她的自由思考和她对世界的超现实主义的眼光。通过把我的一些想法翻译成黑白,我试着以直接的方式对Miller的作品表示敬意。我喜欢思考我的照片是怎么看的,如果我生活在她的时代。然而,对于我来说,米勒创造的图像并不仅仅存在于过去:她的遗产像河流一样随着时间流逝。0193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬-01193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg。Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬 1193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬 2193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬2193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬 2193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬6027602img.3193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬.4193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬.4193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬 5193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬 5193-199_sassen-.-._frieze198.jpg Lacrima: Viviane Sassen’s Specially Commissioned Homage to Lee Miller - Lacrima:Viviane Sassen特意向Lee Miller致敬2018年10月出版于FrIEZE,第198期,标题为“LraciMA”。所有图片请注意:Viviane Sassen.Viviane Sassen.Vivian Sassen.Viviane Sassen.Viviane Sassen住在荷兰阿姆斯特丹。英国赫普沃斯威克菲尔德(Hepworth Wakefield)将对她的作品《热镜》(Hot Mirror)进行一次重大调查,并将于2019年2月前往瑞士勒洛克美术馆。这场展览同时在HeppsWaykfield与“Lee Miller和超现实主义在英国”展开。今年早些时候出版了Sassen的《热镜》。她的作品还被收录在韩国大邱摄影双年展中,截止10月28日,第三届北京摄影双年展截止11月28日。特写/李米勒


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