“Demi does not turn herself upside down, she turns all technique and perception upside down. She uses the entire Garden of Eden to play hide and seek. She’s an angel in mud boots. Strong and vulnerable, frivolous and reasoned. She flatters herself, she shows her beauty and she exaggerates. Especially the latter. She orchestrates her photographs to her heart’s content. That alone makes her so authentic.
She plays herself in an unsurpassed way, between epic and nostalgic. She scoffs and smiles, but she has nothing to hide, not even her sensual melancholy.”
– Hans Willemse
The themes that Demi Cauwenbergh tries to deepen are always very personal. She plays with her feminine innocence while simultaneously portraying the discovery of her own sensuality. Nevertheless, she also reaches for the darkest parts of her being, her history with severe depression and how this will impact her future, bearing a certain fragility as a result of the things she’s been through.
The way she sees it, her self portraits function as a diary in which she expresses her emotions, dealing with unresolved feelings. It helps her understand herself and the things that keep her thinking.