Most of the old mannequins on the photos have been compiled from parts bought at the flea- market, and sometimes I took them apart again when I saw the possibility of a better combi- nation. I tried out different ways of painting the clothes in such a way that the effect would be more "statuesque" than mannequin-like. That's why the same mannequins may look so different in these photos. Until the sixties a wide variety of materials was used: papier maché, wood, "composition", plaster, wax, rubber... and I'd like to make figures built that way more beautiful than they've ever been; with plastic figures, especially when they are cheap and unattractive, I have the urge to use them as a canvas, paint over them and make something new out of them. See for yourself and watch the slideshow.