DANIELLE VAN ZADELHOFF IS AN ARTIST ATTRACTED BY PEOPLE; CAPTURING HUMAN BEHAVIOR WITH HER LENSE
CARMEN HUST | ARTICULATE #15 | APRIL 2018
"I always become fascinated by the light, which makes the models transcend above themselves and head to something universal".
DANIELLE VAN ZADELHOFF
Danielle Van Zadelhoff is a Dutch artist, based in Belgium, from where she examines and expresses her remarkable skills. Zadelhoff is inspired by the big themes in life: loneliness, vulnerability, the raw pure emotions in daily life. She’s fascinated (and inspired) with the human psyche, which gives her works a tension that leaves no one untouched.
“Capturing the big themes in life in the image - something that is almost invisible, but always present.” Zadelhoff explains. A couple of her pieces reveals an awkward approach to religion. Zadelhoff was raised in a Protestant school, with a Catholic grandmother and a humanistic father.
“Religion is somewhat so domestically integrated into our society and it is also a big theme in the seventeenth century painting.” Zadelhoff continues.
Alike the representation of religion in the seventeenth century painting, Zadelhoff frequently use the technique of chiaroscuro, from the same period. Chiaroscuro is a technique which combines a dark background and a light foreground, in which the source of light is indeterminable.
"When I am working in my studio I always become fascinated by the light, which makes the models transcend above themselves and head to something universal"
The works of Zadelhoff propose a bridge between past, now and future/further. "Clare obscure (or chiaroscuro) is like the past. Our decisions, in the now, are based on experiences of the past and have influence on our future."
In 2013 she purchased her first camera and from that moment she became obsessed with photography, the means to express herself. Starting from youth together with her father, a businessman, who also painted and sculptured, she has been engaged in painting and modeling.
She spent a lot of time in the family home library filled with books about history and art.
A couple of years after the death of her father, she got acquainted with the photographer Leopold Beels van Heemstede, who introduced photography into her life and became her mentor. To learn technical aspects she followed almost a yearlong daily professional training in Antwerp.
Her background of restoring historical atmosphere, becomes visible in her work, through the sophisticated touch and finesse, along the attention to detail and proportion.
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