Made by MENDOAbout the books
Who will recognize a great book better than a bookstore? A bookstore run by graphic designers. Here’s why: at MENDO we get market feedback seven days a week, we are blessed to be surrounded by a bunch of talented, inspiring people – photographers, writers and publishers – and after being a bookstore for more than 15 years, we can easily say we know what book aficionados are looking for. Don’t you agree that initiating, creating and realizing jaw-dropping books now, only comes natural?
A MENDO publication is a well-designed book with visually stunning creative content, browsed by people to be amazed and inspired. The subject-matter is one of our pre-defined curated categories, fashion, photography, interior, sport, lifestyle, food and traveling. In general, a MENDO book is a piece of furniture in itself.
The series presents a dynamic range of poses, moods and movements, making full use of the suggestive nature of shadow, the abstracting potential of ambiguous props and the power of painterly gestures.
An exploration of the aesthetic potential of reciprocity.
Sassen has often been described as a creative polymath and this aspect is clearly in evidence here. Emphasising exploration and play, Sassen enhances perceptions of shape by adding pigment onto prints and re-photographing them. She vivifies the surface using bold brushstrokes and fine lines, suggesting a new lexicon of geometries and forms.
At times sensual, at times tender, these images are equally about the performances in front of and behind the camera. Sassen’s presence is perceived through her shadow and made tangible by scraps of paper that bear the imprint of her breasts. The images are a mutual portrait - an exchange in which the artist’s and model’s individualities blur, leaving traces on each other.
As artist and muse reflect each other’s gazes, the series becomes an expression of symbiotic creativity, an exploration of the aesthetic potential of reciprocity. Sassen and Roxane articulate a disintegration of boundaries, offering the liminal as an evocation of limitlessness.