Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde discovered instant photography by accident in 2016, after buying The Impossible Project’s I-1 Instant Camera. Meant to be a gadget, her photography work had been exclusively digital up to then, the I-1 became an instant obsession. Hook, line and sinker, she fell for the authenticity that instant film brought back to her work, realising this was what she had been looking for for a long time. The I-1 was quickly left aside in favour of the original old polaroid cameras and she was captivated by the perfect imperfections of expired film.
At around the same time, she travelled to the US to visit family in Utah, deciding to take only her polaroid cameras to document her road trip. The combination of instant film and road tripping turned out to be a game changer. In 2017 and 2018, she road tripped 4 more times in the US, shooting old neon signs, deserts and canyons and combining the awe inspiring landscapes with the beauty of the female nude form, which had always been at the centre of her work.
Creating polaroid art helps Kirsten make sense of the outside world, a world she can relate to less and less. It keeps her sane, gives purpose to life, creates order where chaos reigns.
Kirsten has had exhibitions in Brussels, Barcelona, Ogden (USA), Bombay Beach (USA), Arles and Paris. Her work is sold through Stefanie Schneider’s online ‘Instantdreams’ gallery on Artsy and 1st Dibs. She is starting an artist residency in California at the end of January 2019, spending 3 months creating new work and doing more travelling.