I do not draw representations of nature in the classical sense. My nature consists mainly of parks, public gardens and ‘new nature areas’ that are laid out by people in order to escape everyday life in general and culture in particular. And therein, immediately, lies the paradox: as keen as these areas are to resemble nature, the human hand always remains visible in them. These drawings do not depict nature, but culture wearing nature’s clothes as a sort of clown’s costume, and who is now desperately hoping that the observer will not pull off his red nose.
Yet, I'm is scarcely interested in this unmasking. The curious thing about the drawings is that actually despite this element of demystification, they seem very beautiful. Tense and intriguing. This starts with the fact that no people are ever depicted in the work, even though these areas are pre-eminently laid out for people. Where has everyone gone? Is something about to happen perhaps? I subtly heighten this calm-before-the-storm tension, that I call ‘The dead point of the swing’, with my compositions and use of light – in every drawing a dark area can be found, where something ominous might be occurring, or a spot of light that suggests a form of divine intervention.
But that’s not all: my work is not just about the struggle between nature and culture or about the fear of emptiness, I also try to add a new element to the landscape tradition and touch on the relationship between photography and drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
Renie Spoelstra (Drachten, 1974) lives and works in Rotterdam (NL)
Renie Spoelstra has taken part in shows troughout Europe, USA and Canada. Highlights include presentations at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Kunsthal Rotterdam, Central Museum Utrecht, The ARCO, The Armory Show and Art Berlin. Her work is in a number of high profile collections such as MACBA, Barcelona (ES), The Caldic Collection, Bouwfonds Art Collection (NL), COBRA Museum (NL), Central Museum (NL), collection Axel Vervoordt (B) and the private collection of Guarlain.
Galleries: RONMANDOS Gallery Amsterdam (NL) and Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto (CA).