©Dek Unu Arts, 2020
Images: ©Sandra Klein
This is Dek Unu Magazine. In Esperanto, dek unu means "eleven." Eleven Images from a single artist. Eleven artists in eleven solo issues each year.
Dek Unu publishes the work of a new photoartist in each issue. The artist's work and words are featured alone and in individual focus as the sole purpose for each issue of the magazine. Unlike other arts and letters magazines which might look for work from a variety of artists to support an editorial staff's theme, at Dek Unu, theme and imagery are always each artist's own.
Through the centuries, most self-portraits have shown a more or less faithful likeness of the artist. The best self-portraits use pose, lighting, costume, facial expression, and environment to convey a much deeper meaning… to show, perhaps, a glimpse of the artist’s inner life. Sandra Klein’s self-portraits reverse that idea. Showing very little of her physical appearance beyond a nearly transparent silhouette, she reveals, in full color and character, the details of her inner life, her thoughts, dreams, and the whirl of activity in her ‘noisy brain.’ With deftest use of digital tools, she cuts her head in half, top to bottom, and shows both the biological details revealed by the operation and the symbolic contents of her memory and imagination.
Klein's work considers gender, aging, creativity, heredity, and all the other personal and social impacts on her development as an individual and on the development of the “universal mind” as well. To zoom in on any of these collages is not only to see complex and superbly-crafted art but also to see reflections of the mysterious work of everyone’s ‘noisy brain.’