SASKIA DE BRAUW

Known to the general public for her brilliant modelling career, the Dutch beauty Saskia de Brauw is also a professional artist. She published "The Accidental Fold" in 2016 as a sort of visual diary of the traces left by multiple everyday objects.

ARTIST

Saskia de Brauw was born in the Netherlands and began her career in modelling at a young age. Her decision to go to art school brought about a hiatus from the world of fashion, and during the decade-long interim she developed works that incorporated elements of photography and performance art, as well as text and graphics. Her work focuses on conceptions of space, the passage of time, and urban environments. Heavily influenced by the writings of French author Georges Perec, Saskia de Brauw creates process-based performative works that explore how people inhabit domestic and urban spaces, and particularly the sundry objects of everyday existence that they leave behind. De Brauw attended the Gerrit Reitveld Academy where she studied photography and textile design.

FASHION MODEL

In 2010, she decided to revisit her work as a fashion model. Within a few months, she had landed multiple fashion magazine covers - not least of which was Carine Roitfeld’s last edition of Paris Vogue. She also worked with esteemed photographers including Paolo Roversi, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, Steven Meisel and Karl Lagerfeld.

THE ACCIDENTAL FOLD

"Working as a model is high-speed and my own work in every sense is super slow and doubtful. Time plays an important role. My physical body is taking shape in space and I see that my ideas about how we influence space with our movement is really ‘matter of fact’. We leave traces with our energy and vibrations. We leave something of ourselves behind everywhere we pass. This is what always fascinates and inspires me". Saskia de Brauw has always been interested in the passage of time and changes in the world around us. "The Accidental Fold" features six years of observations, with objects that have been collected and scanned during her travels.