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In Cessé, a project consisting of two series: Une femme meurt – et alors, and Myosotis, Penrhyn Lowe juxtaposes life to death, mirrors obvious desolation with loneliness unnoticed in our ‘instantaneous’ society and illustrates the contrast between neglect and unforeseen preservation. Cessé invites us all to consider a universal truth: this can and will happen to all of us.
In her works Mariëlle Penrhyn Lowe contemplates how, through the passing of time, a life leaves its traces in every human being. She peruses questions such as what the purpose of life is and what remains of a life lived. These, and other questions are the fundament to her researching transiency and loneliness, self-perseverance and at a deeper level, death.
For these ‘photographic contemplations’ Penrhyn Lowe makes registrations of existing situations as subject matter and metaphor. Usually found in desolate, slowly deteriorating places marked by the passage of time, she feels she can preserve these places for the future by capturing it on film. Other times she purposefully orchestrates a new reality. For this and the underlying theme she explores, Penrhyn Lowe refers to many of her photos as ‘living vanitases’.