Overview installation 'Sequences 16 (3x6) - Museum Kurhaus Kleve, DE
Lique Schoot is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who is concentrated on the self-portrait as a vehicle for exploring the nature of existence.
In 2003, Lique Schoot began to photograph herself every day. Finding a different aspect from which to capture herself, always hand-held and within arms-length, the photos are taken with a compact, analogue camera. Each month, she has the film roll developed and digitized, corrects the images on her computer, and titles them by date (Y-M-D). She thus creates a continuous and open-ended record of her existence.
In 14 years time, she has made more than 5000 self-portraits. Her visual diary varies in mood - some tearful, some calm, some confident, some imperious - yet the photographs are unsparingly honest. The contrary, the invitingly quiet and mysterious photographs capture in a real way the vulnerability of the artist.
This photographic diary is a central source for 'LS data', her entire, growing oeuvre, encompassing paintings, photography, objects, poems, site-specific art, and installations. In all of her work, she explores the dual nature of identity as simultaneously the perpetual reinvention of the self and an equally willful projection of the other. Common emotions and great themes emerge from the quiet simplicity and persistence of her imagery.