Do you like me now?


On March the 16th an exhibition of new work by Katinka Lampe will open at Galerie Ron Mandos. Her latest series of paintings entitled DO YOU LIKE ME NOW? signifies a new chapter in her oeuvre. Next to this, the intriguing photographic series In My Skin by Michelle Sank will be exhibited. Both bodies of work present young people and look into how they relate to themselves and their own ideals of beauty.

Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe’s new paintings are inspired by a YouTube-trend of 2012 ‘Tell me what you think about’. A large number of teenage girls and boys videod themselves in their homes and asked their audience to rate their looks. These webcam clips show us teenagers at their most vulnerable, asking very base and personal questions: Am I ugly? Do you like me? What do you think about me?’

Referring to one particular uploaded film entitled ‘Do you like me now?’ Lampe comments, “I feel the danger inherent in this search for confirmation of ones identity becomes immediately apparent in the video. You feel the desperation and insecurity bound up in this asking. In this case it is not an innocent question anymore.” It is this tipping point that Lampe looks for in her painting process. She asks her models to take this particular video into their thoughts and find a pose which says: Do you like me now?

Michelle Sank

Michelle Sank was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She left there in 1978 and has been living in England since 1987. Her images reflect a preoccupation with the human condition and to this end can be viewed as social documentary. Her work encompasses issues around social and cultural diversity. (Courtesey Gallery Vassie)

OPENING The festive opening of this exhibition will take place on Saturday the 16th of March 2013 from 17.00 – 19.00. Both artists will be present.


ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe (1963, Tilburg, NL) traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Resemblance is not the defining characteristic of these pieces. Instead, the artist sees the figures as visual impressions that, once transformed by her gaze, become representative of larger themes within society, rather than the individual. Lampe uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The seemingly simple inclusion of wigs and false lashes, or the placement of a scarf, alter the interpretation of the children depicted and imply elevated symbolic and metaphorical status that requires deeper interpretation. The result creates a catalyst to provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating aging, race, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based out of The Netherlands. She received her degree from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries, museums, and prominent art fairs such as Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, and Untitlled Art Fair, Miami Beach. Her work is included in the collections of Museum 21C, United States; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, Korea; Salon Dahlmann, Berlin; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris; Museum More, Gorssel; Schunck*, Heerlen; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; Art Curial, Paris; Frisseras Museum Athens, Greece; and in many other prominent collections. Lampe’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ArtTravel Magazine, ELLE Décor, and Public Art Magazine, among others.