Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Marleen Sleeuwits.
Lives in The Hague, The Netherlands
How do you describe your own art practice?
Since a few years I started deforming spaces in vacant office buildings. I investigate whether I can reconstruct certain qualities of the interiors I photographed previously and let aspects in the interior guide me, working with materials I encounter. Rather than photographing existing architecture, this way of working enables more psychological spaces to appear that convey the feeling of disconnection in a more personal and profound manner.
What was your first experience with art?
It may sound a bit silly but I honestly have no idea, probably the local museum where I grew up.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
For me inspiration can come from many things. From just wandering through empty buildings to visiting a hardware store to endless surfing online.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Just a bit of time in my studio without too much distractions and pressure.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on two new solo shows, one for LhGWR, The Hague and one for FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph Gallery, Berlin. The exhibitions are scheduled for September and October later this year. The idea now is to let new photoworks and sculptures completely integrate with the exhibition space.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I just discovered the work of Felicity Hammond. Although I just saw it online I love how photography, installation and objects all work together. There are many links with my own work, so I am very much looking forward seeing her presentation at Art Rotterdam.