Dec 3

On the occasion of Saskia Pintelon’s solo exhibition at the Saskia Fernando Gallery and her participation in the CAB, a book was created titled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’.
The publication is a rendering of the work on display at the JDA Gallery during the CAB 2016. In the period of 2005-07 Saskia Pintelon, Belgian artiste residing in Sri Lanka made a series of large graphic works called the ‘Faces’. This series of paintings resulted in a book in the form of a leporello titled ‘The Book of Faces.’

In 2012 Pintelon began revisiting her own work in this printed publication. The original ‘Faces’ became ‘Other Faces’ as she relentlessly – at first delicately, later more radically reworked, altered, camouflaged, transfigured, disfigured and sometimes destroyed or obliterated the images of the original ‘Faces’.

Pintelon used the images of her own work as a base and intervened with college and mixed media. This resulted in more than 35 unique artist books that are artworks in themselves. Two of these customized leporellos stand apart from all the others, they are entitled ‘The Face in Your Place I & II’ and are exhibited as part of the CAB 2016, displayed in vitrines.

It is Pintelon’s way of conceiving space with her customary humour. She intervenes in the images of an existing space to make it her own and simultaneously intervenes in her existing work and thereby gives both a whole new life and meaning. All the proceeds to the artist from the sale of her work or publications go directly to BAFF, a Sri Lanka based non-profit organization.