Rose Proenca van Lengen, born… in Rio de Janeiro, after a period of work as a journalist, focused entirely on a career as an artist (artista plastica). After marrying Johan van Lengen, they moved to San Francisco where brought up their sons Peter and Marc. With her most artistically active period being the time spent in Mexico City, where she started working with object-art and was part of the feminist art group BioArte. The vast body of work encompassing traditional crafts of printmaking and gravure, painting, photography, mixed media and performance art, realized throughout Brazil, the US and Mexico, reflects many artistic movements and traditions like the tropicalia manifesto, the surrealists ouvre and perspectives of contemporary Mexican art.

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To her most notable works belong compositions of over-painted instant photographic images (polaroids). What has been captured as snapshots throughout her life in a diarylike manner, became point of departure for a painters expression. Rose notes “my works sprang out of a necessity for communication and an absence of tropical color.” 

 

 
 
 

The works reproduced here are mainly sketchbook pages, single photographs, fragments of preliminary and final compositions etc. showing more of a work-in-progress, than final artistic products/artworks. Most of her big format works (painted polaroid compositions) are in private possessions spread over various parts of the world. Some are also to be experienced here in Tibá.

 

 
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Each single image in the polaroid compositions is partly an objective representation (the photographic representation) and partly an fictional rendering (the overpainted image), and in turn works as an single fragment of a whole kaleidoscope of vivid moments, of the raw experiences as over-layered by our unique mindsets, each interweaved into a bigger perspective of an life's almost illegible narrative.

Cada uma das imagens nas composições de polaroid é parcialmente uma representação objetiva (a imagem fotográfica) e parcialmente uma renderização ficcional (a imagem pintada). Em conjunto por sua vez funciona como um fragmento de um caleidoscópio dos momentos vívidos da vida, das experiências cruas super-camadas por nosso entendimento dessas e a nossa imaginacao, cada um entrelaçado em uma perspectiva maior da narrativa quase ilegível de uma vida.

 
 
 
 
 

The “Masks” series composed out of collected street trash from New Mexico, 

The recycling aspect becomes apparent in an unexpected way, not only by reutilizing the waste but more importantly by transforming the wasteful fragments of an culture of consumption back into a original whole functioning in a culture of tradition and meaning.        

 
 
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The works reproduced here are mainly sketchbook pages, single photographs, preliminary compositions etc. showing more of a work-in-progress, than final artistic products/artworks. Most of her big format works (painted polaroid compositions) are in private possessions spread over various parts of the world. Some are also to be experienced here in Tiba. Due to the surroundings high humidity, decomposition altered much of the original documentation (slides and 35mm film) ineligible.