DO NOT SING TO ME, MY BEAUTY is an artistic music video in which film and classical music are reinforcing each other. The music video revolves around the genesis of a young woman empowered by the music ‘Ne poj krasavica pri mne’, from the composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. In this song she expresses the painful and beautiful memories of the hidden sides of her personality.
Inspired by the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, this music video shows the difference between the persona and the shadow. The mask for the outside world and the hidden aspect of the personality are reflected in a melancholic way through a wealth of water, green leaves, red hair and a pale skin.
DO NOT SING TO ME, MY BEAUTY is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
Filmed on location in Auchmithie (Scotland) and Halfweg (The Netherlands).
A Dutch production - 2018
© JaJa Film Productions & Marieta Landkroon Photography
Seasons are an integral part of life on earth. Not only do they influence the weather, growth and agriculture - they also play a role in the human state of mind and human consciousness. Seasons symbolize change. There is perhaps no more reliable change than the rise of seasons - they are a universal reminder of the passing of time and the cyclical nature of life. The innocent spring, balmy summer, fertile fall and frosty winter represent the harmonious cycle of nature.
With the creation of four new types of flora (with flowers that are impossible to flower together), the seasons are symbolized. The amalgamation of several types of flowers is the bridge between growing and transience, based on the cycle of the seasons.
In the series CHAOS REIGNS women are central in the compositions and storytelling. The female symbolizes the ‘chaos’. Order and chaos are part of a mutually complementing duality that has an optimal point of balance. One isn’t better than the other: certain levels of both are desirable. The orderly, almost static, visual aspects in this series are balancing the chaos.
Models: Clara Cloutier & Shiva Kay
Designer: Clara Cloutier
Make-up: Victoria Chiron
Romeo and Juliet have become emblematic of young lovers and doomed love. Reinforced by the symbolic meaning of flowers, the series THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS HAVE VIOLENT ENDS embraces the archetypal story of star crossed lovers.
The tulip bloomed from the blood and tears of star crossed lovers. The rose, because of its thorns, was considered a symbol of the sorrows of love. The ivy wrapped around the skull symbolises the immortality of the spirit.
NYŪ HĀFU - new half, half man, half woman, man who uses hormones and / or silicone transplants to have breasts and look feminine.
Having a twin sister is incredibly special. At the same time it delivers feelings of jealousy and competition. She is the one for whom I would give my life, and that is why it is so strange that negative feelings often arise when we are together with other people. People always compare us: who is smarter, who is thinner / fatter etc.
I think that this feeling can also be linked to ballet dancers. From a very young age you put all your passion and love in achieving your goals. There is a lot of competition. At the same time, these other dancers are like a sister to you because you spend a lot of time with them. Ballerinas must meet physical characteristics - the ideal length is 5’ 5’’.
Models: Hannah de Klein & Pascalle Paerel
Make-up: Sophie van Bijleveld
Styling: Vera van Wijnen
Animals present a challenge to humans. They offer questions about humanity and morality. The ideas and representation of animals in Western culture are varied and often contradictory; from anthropomorphic animals in films to the conviction of the absolute difference of the moral position of humans and animals. We apparently think our gestures towards other species are friendly-yet those gestures are grounded in a firm belief in human superiority.
With the series - MORE THAN LIFE - I’m rethinking our relationship with animals by presenting them in their natural habitat according to men, yet always with a fakeness. They are more than life - sometimes alive, sometimes dead - and always as beautiful as humans.