Lara van der Beek
2001, Netherlands
As a visual artist, I make minimalistic photographic sculptures. The merging of photography and sculpture allows me to transcend traditional boundaries of photography and explore new dimensions of visual storytelling. From different angles and distances, new dimensions and revelations emerge, inviting the viewer to explore and engage with the piece on a deeper level. 
My artworks delve into themes that are deeply personal and universally significant - mental health, identity, and self-love. Through my work, I invite viewers to reflect, to delve into their own narratives, and to find solace and inspiration in the shared human experience. It's interesting to note that I, as an introvert, am particularly drawn to deep, meaningful conversations, as opposed to small talk. I find that art serves as an excellent conversation starter, providing a platform for rich and insightful dialogues.
Ultimately, my artistic mission is to spark meaningful dialogues and forge connections between the artwork and the viewer. I believe that art has the power to evoke emotions, challenge perspectives, and ignite change.