LAETITIA LUPS
Statement 
My artwork focuses on the things that are not being said: those which make us feel uncomfortable, vulnerable or guilty, those we want to hide from ourselves.
The work explores intuitively interpreted personal realities, including what we perceive, our individual connections and issues which trigger different experiences, memories and associations from our pasts. My own realities exist simultaneously, as the past, present and future may co-exist within any given moment. These times and spaces interact and could be thought of as an alternative quantum world. 
Technically, the work compromises different layers that could represent looking at the past, present or future; whilst manipulating images digitally on top of one another speaks of an unconscious process. In my work, I often suggest the past by recreating myself visually as an ancient goddess in a matriarchal society; the future is linked to the All-Seeing Eye and how things might change; and the present refers to ‘now’, how we perceive the world at the moment, and is portrayed through the currently new digital medium that I use.
I am strongly influenced by such feminist artists as Cindy Sherman, who takes on different visual forms and roles/identities in her work. In my work I transform my external features and identity in order to tell stories. My stories deal with change, and the questioning of beliefs we are taught from childhood by society, in particular our own religious backgrounds, parents and the specific culture we grow up in. 
Themes of transformation and empowerment also lie at the core of my work, along with the struggle of being human and being fully aware. Transformation usually begins psychologically and/or spiritually, and then expands into the physical world. It’s about the opening up to knowledge that was previously inaccessible to us, giving us the opportunity to rethink ourselves and reconsider beliefs forced upon us.
While much still remains concealed in the imagery, some revealing truths are also captured there. The hidden inner self is constantly working, as shown by my digital manipulations to create a sense of shifting imagery within the frames of the photograph. This may be described as automatic behaviour, or acts performed unconsciously. My search for a new art form in a digital medium is also intended to reference a path of awakening, reminding ourselves of our own conscious and personal spiritual paths. 
My belief is that all things are connected and that we are one with all creation, as in a quantum world. Recurring themes or symbols in my work are briefly explained below, where the words themselves also take on importance:
Lace:  The word lace has many subtleties intricately “woven” into its ancient meanings, such as in Old French – las - it means noose or string, and in Latin the word laqueus, refers to lacere, which translates to entice, or ensnare. In my photographic images, lace has become symbolic of weaving meaning and stories together, and of to reach an awareness of the “holes” in these stories and explanations.
Water:  The symbolism of water relates to purity, cleaning and healing and is a feminine element. It may also bring change in the form of physical transformation or metamorphosis. In ancient times water was the element connected to magic, and water also represents a divide or passage from one side to another. Water may be both life-giving, yet life-taking. Consequently, there is the ever-running theme of duality in my work, discovering extremes and finding balance, using the theme of life and death.
Hands: Another significant metaphor that I use is hands.  In Celtic symbolism, hands are connected to power: authority, wisdom, meditation, receptivity, unity, and most importantly spiritual power which holds energetic power. Hands as symbols may be seen as transforming unseen energy into the world of form. Manus, the Latin translation of hand, is at the root of the word manifestation.

Our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own for we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent but were given to us by society.
Watts (1972)
DIS/REGARDED | DIGITALLY MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ON ARCHIVAL PAPER | 84 X 55 CM | EDITION OF 4 | R 5 400 (FRAMED)   
  
IMPERIA(R) | DIGITALLY MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ON ARCHIVAL PAPER | 51 X 41 CM | EDITION OF 4 | R 3 500 (FRAMED)