Mummification / January 2009
Iris van Herpen is captivated by the macabre beauty of ancient Egyptian mummification and the intense devotion that surrounds the process. In this collection she expresses those aspects, sometimes in a very direct way, sometimes in a veiled manner. The idea of swaddling, wrapping and covering is clearly visible in many of the pieces, along with the characteristic geometric and graphic patterns of Egyptian mummies. Furthermore, Van Herpen is also inspired by the belief that this life is just an illusion and that genuine life starts after death. The way the Egyptians managed to use their traditional practices to create this form inspired her to evoke her own world with the same dedication.
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