At an early age, Levi van Veluw (1985) took his own head as subject: this way, he could experiment to his heart’s content. The works from his early career were made on impulse, without a preconceived plan, and already feature the characteristics of all his later ‘self-portraits’: the angle and the u...se of everyday materials. This creates an exploration of the forms and contours of his own head by arranging colour, pattern, shape, and texture.
In the Natural Transfer series, the artist changes his face with the help of naturally occurring elements such as hair. This contrasts with the added external materials in his Landscape series, which Museum MORE also owns.
Van Veluw drapes hair over the contours of his entire head in long pasty strips. This transforms the expression of the portrait and the material itself. Hair, usually seen as the ‘jewel’ of the human head, thus becomes a strange and macabre material with a claustrophobic effect.
Text: Boris Ariaens, guide and museum host