Judith Siemons (1989, Haarlem) is an Artist situated in Amsterdam. She graduated at the Autonomous Fine Art department of the Royal Academy of The Hague in 2016.
She has always been interested in outer transformation as a tool for passing from one subculture to the other. She manipulated her appearance, but it was never merely dressing up. The outer transformation resulted in a complete social transformation.
She is interested in culture, individuality and identity. Always searching for what the ‘I’, or “the self”, actually means. In her work she said goodbye to some parts of her life by presenting them. During this process, she was confronted by the relationship between outer appearance and perceived personality. When ones visual presentation is stripped away, what is left?
In the last years, Judith dealt with this question. She dissected her ego, researched what shapes personality and tried to find the things that belonged to her through all her previous transformations. Through all this, she was still confronted with the outer presentation. How do you present yourself in the most accurate manner? What do you choose to present to the outside world? Is this still some form of manipulation?
Judith’s current working process involves meditation, shamanistic ceremonies, and the interpretation of dreams. All these processes involve distancing oneself from conscious thinking. They take place in a space where intuition takes over. Usually subconscious spaces, like dreams, are analyzed for their meaning or seen as predictions of the future, they are almost never seen as a realm where tangible things take place. Through this current research, Judith is attempting to make outer- and inner transformation meet.