Poems by: Maria Barnas
Umbra delves into the world of shadows. A darkness that is seductive and deceptive.
A darkness that lies in every human soul, as a still black lake with a surface flat as a mirror that can not be but shattered.
Umbra is, naturally, also the story of light, from its blinding qualities to its brittle brightness. The ever conflicting pull of light and darkness kicked off the quest for imagery of what can not be contained: a world continuously in motion, the mind unable to decide which direction to take. Shadow, eventually, as a force of life, and not only the negation of light.
Viviane Sassen and Maria Barnas shared their interests in the darker sides of life, in this publication that shines with lucidity.
Viviane Sassen, born in 1972, is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam. She is a photographer who works in both the fashion and fine art world.
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