Deform Reflect (2017) is a development of the work Deform (2015). A combination of hard (plastic) and stretching (textile) provides a movable space, in which changing forms can be created. It is a particularly long or wide sculpture, brought to life by a performer. Due to the amount of material, the movement is slow and introspective or even develops into stillness.
The gel-like surface is like an animation in which pixels seem to be missing. While reflective material melts with its surroundings it integrates through a fine play of light patterns. The public is aware of an ongoing change in every following moment. It is a spectacle that influences our perception of time. The visual language is abstract and leaves room for one’s own interpretation.
The performance is accompanied by live harp music. The languid string sounds together with the softly rustling blinds carry the spectator into an underwater landscape.
With this work, Woutera explores how we reflect and convert inner experience into new physical movement.
Deform Reflect is a durational and improvised performance, whereby the spectator determines his own time and place in the performance space. The work also exists as installation, video/ photo work, and drawings. The work originated in 2017 and is further developed between 2017-2021.
Music composed by Rosalie Wammes (electric harp), material recycled PVC, textile, amount 1-2 sculptures, dimensions 60x500 cm / 150x250 cm.
Selection of group expositions: ‘High Tide’ het HEM 2020 Zaandam, 'Prins Claus Award' Royal Palace 2018 Amsterdam, ‘Route du Nord’ 2017 Rotterdam, 'Fashion Clash’ 2017 Maastricht, 'The Physical Space' Schuit Collection 2017 Utrecht, 'La Breda' Podium Bloos 2017 Breda.
Book publication: ‘Historical clothing to costume’ Katarina Nina Simončič, University of Croatia 2020.
Teaser of a video work, year 2019, title Deform Reflect, video duration 00:17:00, teaser duration 00:01:13, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera, videographer Veerle Boekenstijn, video editors Veerle Boekenstijn, Iris Woutera de Jong, performers Mayke van Veldhuizen, Rosanna Ter Steege.
Video work stills, year 2019, title Deform Reflect, video duration 00:17:00, teaser duration 00:01:13, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera, videographer Veerle Boekenstijn, video editors Veerle Boekenstijn, Iris Woutera de Jong, performers Mayke van Veldhuizen, Rosanna Ter Steege.
Video still, group exposition 'The Physical Space', curator Schuit Collection, year 2017, material textile, pvc, performance duration 00:45:00, title Deform Reflect, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, performer Chanti Mai.