‘in everything i saw, part of me remained. with all i saw that moves i too move. nor does memory distinguish. what i saw from what i was’. fernando pessoa (1888-1935)
hélène hermans records personal investigations concerning time and memories. in her work she displays a fascination for hidden places. she is inspired by places that you may pass seemingly carelessly, but that – as time goes by – you can’t seem to shake off. places that stay with you because they evoke associations, always in different ways. which therefore do not pass with time, but instead reveal time in a roundabout way. hermans dips those memories in water, giving them an almost solemn weight as fragments from the past that surface in the present. silent memories that make us realize that nothing disappears without a trace.