© Judit Hettema 2020

M O N U M E N T

2015 -2018

M O N U M E N T is a series of 4, initially 5 works of art.
The works show the renewal of an existing monument, reconstructing sculpural into twodimensional qualities. It explores the question what is the relevance and meaning of monuments and memorials in our current contemporary time.
With the use of lens-based media a monumental sculpture is archieved and developed towards a collage and new horizon of perspectives and afterimages.

The series is created in co-operation with curator Claudine Hellweg of OCE ART Foundation and produced in the Research & Development department of CANON–OCE as one of the first artistic experiments with the recently developed elevated printing technique that combines photographic quality with relief, a technique that is still limited accessible. It is printed on aluminium to reflect light and materiality.
All works are uniqa.


MONUMENT I 2018
Elevated relief print on aluminium 100 x 150 cm


MONUMENT II 2018
Elevated relief print on aluminium 100 x 150 cm


MONUMENT III 2018
Elevated relief print on aluminium 100 x 150 cm


MONUMENT IV 2018
Elevated relief print on aluminium 100 x 150 cm

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M O N U M E N T

In her photography and video work, Judit Hettema (The Netherlands, 1977) explores the meanings of characteristic, cultural or public spaces. In her series M O N U M E N T, she reconstructs an existing memorial, a constructivist Holocaust monument in Lithuania, to examine the effect of this transformation on the symbolic meaning of the monument. The artist made a series of analogue photographs of the imposing structure, which she combined, layering the slides, to create new, abstract images. She then used the experimental Elevated Printing technique to render these twodimensional images in 2,5D, with height difference. Because it is not possible to fully control this complex technical process, unique works were created that add an arbitrary dimension to the
exploration of contemporary significance.

Leonor Jonker-Faber, art historian
© 2018

For a current essay (2020) by author Leonor Faber Jonker on the series MONUMENT, please contact me!