This is a post I should have written some time ago, probably it could have been the first one on the blog. The artist I’m going to talk you about probably needs no introduction at all, her pictures are shared everywhere on the internet, have been featured on blogs and magazines, are on the cover of books and CD’s. Her dark, eerie and delicately erotic at times, self-portraits are already a great source of inspiration for a lot of other female photographers around the globe.
She is one of my favourite artists and that’s why I didn’t write this blog before; sometimes it’s hard to talk about artists you appreciate so much, the chance is you sound like a fanboy! Anyway, as some days ago she finally put online her website again, I thought this was the right time to write about her: Kristamas Klousch.
Kristamas is a photographer that prefers to be called a ‘Caricature artist’, ‘a strange wolfgirl living deep in the forests & cities of Canada’ as stated in her portfolio.
She is a mystery. Not only because of her self-portraits, where she always plays with her identity using masks, wearing costumes and hiding behind out of focus shots; but also because it’s very difficult to find interviews or any other info about he, or her art, on the net. Reading the short introduction on her website, we understand she is inspired by Francesca Woodman, Sarah Moon and Leonard Cohen among many other artists; all the rest is up to our guessing or imagination.
And what I guess, is that she enjoys playing with her personality (and at the same time with the viewer’s curiosity), creating amazing self-portraits that tell a part of a story we, as viewers, are called to complete. About her photographic technique I think she probably utilizes both analog and digital cameras and she edits the resulting images in Photoshop (or similar editing softwares).
Let me just add that Kristamas is a kind and (disponibile) person. Some years ago I got in touch with her, asking for the possibility to use one of her images on the artwork cover of the EP “Redefine my pure faith” of my band “all my faith lost …”. The EP was a special one: a collection of our own cover versions of Black Tape For a Blue Girl songs, and Kristamas’ art made it way more unique.
Image © Kristamas Klousch