Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Ayatollah Khomeini

AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI
School of Visual Arts, NYC

This book is my own personal silkscreened representation of Ayatollah Khomeini. As he has an important and extreme role in recent world history, I approached the subject subtle. Everybody can somehow have their own go with it. At first you think the book only contains blanc pages, but when you have a look from another angle images will start to appear.

Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Ayatollah Khomeini
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Ayatollah Khomeini
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Ayatollah Khomeini
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Ayatollah Khomeini
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong

MAO ZEDONG
Willem de Kooning Academy

A visualization of the communistic manifest written by Mao Zedong

Under Mao Zedongs reign, censorship and oppression, the fact that an individual isn't of many value and Mao Zedong himself is inferior are key subjects. All these subjects are translated into a visual aspect. You will find the important sentence 'The mass is more important than personal interest' appearing at one of the last pages.

Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Mao Zedong
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee

PEGGY LEE - IS THAT ALL THERE IS?
School of Visual Arts, NYC

A visual translation of the song 'Is That All There Is?' performed by Peggy Lee

This book is about the song ‘Is That All There Is?’ performed by Peggy Lee, which was a number 1 hit song in 1968.

The lyrics of the song are actual texts out of a book written by Thomas Mann in Germany in 1898. But how come the existentialistic words from just before the Great War and the Weinmar Republic in Germany are the same words that America loved to listen to 70 years later?

While researching I found out that the people of Germany in 1898 and the people of America in 1968 had the same kind of feeling of ‘depression’. This was probably caused by the social unbalance due to the TET-Offencive during the Vietnam War and the Assassination of Martin Luther King.

I divided the book in different chapters. Each one represent a historic event; The Great War, the TET- Offencive, the death of Martin Luther King and most recent 9-11. Each historic event is a verse. Each chorus is a painting by Caravaggio, representing timelessness. All these kinds of historic events and these depressed feelings of a society will most likely continue, that's why I gave the possibility to keep building the book with a needle and a red threat.

One of the images is upsite down, this one represents a word in the song that Peggy Lee really stretches out. The image of Peggy Lee herself represents the fase in the song where she abruptly cuts of her chorus and starts with a new verse.

Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee
Sophie Gerritsen - Artist books Peggy Lee