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Artist's Statement

Inge van der Ven (Delft,1973) studied Painting and Drawing at the Rietveld Academy.
She lives and works between Amsterdam (NL) and Arles (FR).

My work is intuitive, personal and resonates intimacy, fragility and feminity.  It explores the relationship between interior and exterior and is relating to the concept of skin and its different meanings like protection, interface between inside and outside, tactility, sensation, connection…Skin is a container, another key word in my approach. I see bodies as houses and houses as bodies (a second skin), they are symbiotically related.

In my work there is on the one hand, the use of these recursive sites of bodies and matter like beds, chairs, sofas, houses, bathtubs, tents, carpets, shoes, bottles, glasses, cups, bowls, vases… All receptacles, containers which diffuse the idea of a reception, a shelter, a welcoming, a cocoon, a nests, of any type of maternal womb.

And then there are also the membranes in my work that envelop bodies and materials – diverse skins, as it were: fabrics, clothes, tights, cloths, rags, wallpaper, newspapers, felt, wool… These membranes that form a cover which suggests the idea of clothing, of protection, of a sheath, of fur, of wrapping, a second skin.

From my daily life I collect abandoned objects and discarded materials that resonate with me.
I find, select, and incorporate them, into my multidisciplinary work.

Everyday materials are being used in my paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages. Old objects get a second life turned into another material in the form of a sculpture or a wall installation. A tent of stockings, a camisole of teabags, an underwear of eggshells, a crochet collar of porcelain.

I use glue, wire, tape, paper, paint, drawing to connect the materials. Only after assembling to discover the poetry they inhabit. They become part of a world in which objects also have their own life, an autonomous existence, a soul. The works are like little relics, containers of memories and embody a sense of stillness, still time, suspended time.

 

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