Simone Boon is a Dutch born artist who resides between Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Living between the east and west has brought to her attention the different ways in which people perceive the world around them; realising that preconceptions, as well as understanding or misunderstanding are intertwined with the inner paradigms embedded in each of us by the culture of our upbringing. Perception thus has become an important consideration in Boon’s work. Another interest that Boon explores is how life evolves over time, space and place. Always in transition, weaving and layering, the fragments of life leave a trace of fascinating patterns. Boon’s latest series explores such notions from a female perspective; presenting a philosophy of becoming.
‘Experimental photography is at the core of my work. In one photograph I capture more moments in time. It is almost like a mini recording and in this related to film. Intriguing to see forms of transition revealed by the camera that are impossible to grasp with the bare eye. My moving portraits of young women, unfrozen, aim to give a different perspective on the essence of identity. They hope to question existing preconceptions and archetypes of the female subject position, that penetrate our cultures and minds. At the same time they relate to romantic ideals and mystics that surround her imago. The aim was to capture the becoming instead of the being. Not the moment here and now, but the inclusion of the before and after…’