Eva Vermandel

Monique, Stroud Green

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About this artwork

This work belongs to Vermandel’s series of photographs entitled ‘Splinter’, which documents aspects of everyday life. In the way she takes the photographs, using a long-focus lens and the smallest aperture possible, Vermandel makes the viewer take notice of what they might have normally overlooked. In this image the way the subject sits creates an interesting composition, with her legs jutting out of the frame and of focus. This directs attention on the detail of her hands, torso and face. Vermandel’s interest in traditional genres, such as still life and portraiture, is reflected in the emphasis she places on such simple details as the veins in Monique’s hand and the lines of her limbs.

Eva Vermandel

Eva Vermandel

Born in Belgium, Vermandel studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art, Ghent. In 1996 she moved to London and began to receive commissions from magazines ‘The Wire’ and ‘Time Out’. As her success grew her work has become more widely published, featuring regularly in the likes of the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Independent’ magazine supplements and the ‘New York Times Magazine’. Vermandel’s work is characterised by a stillness – her portraits capture the sitters in a moment suspended in time.