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artist-in-residence 2007-2008

ILSE VAN DEN BERK - THE NETHERLANDS

residence period 1


© ilse van den berk

  • artist-in-residence 2007-2008 index
  • ILSE VAN DEN BERK
  • residence period January -March 2008
  • catalogue of the works
  • new collaborative exhibition -Sojourn in White-

  • In winter 2008 ILSE VAN DEN BERK is one of the artists staying in the residence


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    My experiences after four weeks in Saksala

    For my artist-in-resident I was looking for a place where I strongly could experience Finnish nature. And also how Finnish people will live and survive this. This was one of the reasons to search for a place what was in the rural area of Finland. Saksala ArtRadius was the place in Finland which offers me this.

    When I arrived at Saksala ArtRadius, I felt the creativeness all around it. I immediately had the feeling that this was the place where I could stay for 3 months and where I have the ability to develop my work in some way I thought.  Here I started almost immediately with the things  I thought about at home, but what didn't work out well. I think there are two reasons for this. First is that there is no distraction and second is the silence I find at Saksala ArtRadius and during my walks through the forest.

    After a few weeks, the absence of distraction gives me the feeling that me work contains parts that I didn't consider before. Therefore my works asked for a totally free experiment so that it can tell his own importance. When I left home, I just thought that my work would be a little  like it was at home. Of course there would be a change because of the change of surrounding, but the change that is necessary for my work was so impressive I couldn't imagine. Everyday I'm happy that I'm here and that I can experience what I'm experience now.

    The multidisciplinary of the artists that are here, give me freedom to do my own thing, but also to cross my boundaries. This gives me so much space to develop my work on such a different way. For this, it's necessary that everybody communicates with each other. To know what everybody makes and the ideas about it, but also how they started here and find their place to work. Also their experience during their stay is very important for my own development. I can see the differences, but also the agreements that we had after arriving here.

    If I see what I already have done in this short period, I really don't know how my work will develops. That gives me so much freedom, like the nature takes for itself.

     

    see the works

    see also the website of Ilse van den Berk

    special pages about the residence period in Finland

    Arts Council Finland
    AllaprimA foundation the Netherlands
    Encouragement Fund Finland


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