Ever heard of actors or actresses who don’t like watching movies they’re in? Perhaps you’ve had a similar feeling when hearing yourself on a recording, or being camera-shy, ducking out of the frame whenever a friend holds up their phone in photo-mode. Being your own worst critic can be tough. But if Dutch artist Annegret Soltau feels awkward about being the subject of her own work, she doesn’t let it stop her. For many of us, it may be uncomfortable seeing yourself portrayed in a less than flattering light (think of a selfie taken from a bad angle). Soltau, however, fearlessly deconstructs collaging, and rips, to explore themes like identity, loss, and social issues.
Words by L. Kimberly Leung