While Suryodarmo’s practice comes from the genre of performance art, she has deliberately chosen to present her self-portraits in the genre of photography. This is related to her recent research on the poetics in performance art and the presence of “poetic action” in her work. Performance artists, like writers, place sequences of actions or words to form poetry. At the same time, the flat visual form of photography meditates on the Western genre of portraiture.
Suryodarmo considers people through not only their physical likeness but their practice, biography, influences and so on. Works by artists like Francis Bacon further her research in capturing movement in a frozen moment. For her, photography advances her long-standing studies in Butoh. The agitation of the body, including the face, is her area of absorption. These considerations come into play in the unconventional portraits that she presents of herself.