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Renee van der Stelt
updated: 07/16/2010
website: www.reneevanderstelt.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Wind/Flight
Untitled: Flat Map II
Black Hole / Iceberg
Longitude/Latitude Diptych with Continent Lines, Moon Craters with Northern/Southern Sky
Moon Craters with Northern and Southern Sky
The New Oil: New Mexico Water
Installation View: Untitled, The New Oil: NM Water, Desert City: New Mexico/Texas Natural Gas and Liquids Pipelines in 1987
Hidden Globe
New Mexico Grass/June, 2008
Grass Motion in Wind I: 10/10/08
Sandhill Cranes at Bitter Lake
Migration Series: Starlings
Cloud Study for Perception Project
Jet Stream 22 February 2010
DETAIL of Jet Stream 22 February 2010
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, diagrammatic, obsessive, landscape, systems, repetition, mapping
 
 
Wind/Flight by Renee van der Stelt
Wind/Flight
Paper, pencil, pins
2007
31" x  19" 
Untitled: Flat Map II by Renee van der Stelt
Untitled: Flat Map II
paper, lights
2007
24" x  18" 
Black Hole / Iceberg by Renee van der Stelt
Black Hole / Iceberg
Paper, magnets, masonite, lights
2007
52" x  62"  x 13" 
Longitude/Latitude Diptych with Continent Lines, Moon Craters with Northern/Southern Sky by Renee van der Stelt
Longitude/Latitude Diptych with Continent Lines, Moon Craters with Northern/Southern Sky
graphite on paper, ink on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Moon Craters with Northern and Southern Sky by Renee van der Stelt
Moon Craters with Northern and Southern Sky
ink on hand cut paper
2008
25" x  27" 
The New Oil: New Mexico Water by Renee van der Stelt
The New Oil: New Mexico Water
paper, light
2008
59" x  50" 
Installation View: Untitled, The New Oil: NM Water, Desert City: New Mexico/Texas Natural Gas and Liquids Pipelines in 1987 by Renee van der Stelt
Installation View: Untitled, The New Oil: NM Water, Desert City: New Mexico/Texas Natural Gas and Liquids Pipelines in 1987
paper, light
2008
Dimensions variable
Hidden Globe by Renee van der Stelt
Hidden Globe
paper, vellum, graphite, light
2009
49" x  57"  x 16" 
New Mexico Grass/June, 2008 by Renee van der Stelt
New Mexico Grass/June, 2008
ink on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Grass Motion in Wind I: 10/10/08 by Renee van der Stelt
Grass Motion in Wind I: 10/10/08
ink on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Sandhill Cranes at Bitter Lake by Renee van der Stelt
Sandhill Cranes at Bitter Lake
graphite on paper
2009
52" x  70" 
Migration Series: Starlings by Renee van der Stelt
Migration Series: Starlings
graphite on paper
2009
52" x  70" 
Cloud Study for Perception Project by Renee van der Stelt
Cloud Study for Perception Project
graphite, paper, light box
2010
36" x  24" 
Jet Stream 22 February 2010 by Renee van der Stelt
Jet Stream 22 February 2010
hand cut paper
2010
36" x  56"  x 6" 
DETAIL of Jet Stream 22 February 2010 by Renee van der Stelt
DETAIL of Jet Stream 22 February 2010
cut paper
2010
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

How can a drawing can affect and shape space? I am intrigued by how we think about space, and how conceptions of space are informed not only by our knowledge of such things as maps and satellite images, but also by the movements or activities that occur in specific spaces. In addition to these concerns, I seek formal and conceptual ways to assimilate drawing into sculptured forms.

The sculptures/drawings are produced through cutting or repeatedly puncturing the surface of the paper with a pin or shaped punch. The resulting images and forms describe space in both diagrammatic and topographic ways. Depending upon the direction of the light and the placement of the forms in space, these drawn projections appear as two and three dimensional dots, low reliefs, or points of light. Some of the drawings/sculptures suggest plans and elevations of the globe and our galaxy. They also explore strategies for charting three dimensional space as well as unseen movements around the globe such as wind, water currents, or bird flight patterns. Through the work I hope to reveal some of the biases and limitations of how we think about space as well as of how visual maps are often used as a tool to perpetuate those ideas.

 In the last year, my work has focused on revealing hidden aspects in the local geography, resulting in a series of new works inspired by South Eastern New Mexico where I lived as a resident artist.  The research behind the work focused in part on the mineral resources available in the geographic region: specifically the location of water, oil, gas, and electric lines. The desire to understand complex systems of local and global human interaction with natural resources is what lies behind some of the abstracted drawings/sculptures. When seen next to each other, the pieces attempted to give the viewer a broader understanding of New Mexico.  The focus and research behind the art work created in an effort to better understand a local geography may change from one location to another, but the desire to reveal something unusual about a region through the work is consistent.

Artist Bio / CV

Renee van der Stelt was born in 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Ontario and Iowa.  She received a Masters in art history in 1990 and a Masters of Fine Arts in drawing from the University of Iowa in 1993. Van der Stelt now lives in Baltimore, Maryland and exhibits nationally in solo and group exhibitions. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the City of Baltimore, and the state of Maryland. She was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in 2008, and recently spent a year as artist-in-resident at Roswell Artist in Residence, Inc. Her work is included in the Washington Project for the Arts registry.

 

See web site listed for updated CV and additional information regarding exhibitions: www.vandersteltrenee.com.