Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Rachel de Joode.
Lives in Berlin
How do you describe your own art practice?
My work ranges from hybrid photographic sculptures to bronze works to sculptural ceramics. A central interest of mine is the play between the physical and the virtual world, exploring the relationship between the three dimensional object and its two dimensional representation.
What was your first experience with art?
As a young girl ballet, as a teenager Nirvana and MTV Alternative Nation (oh music videos!), and I was really into the dada movement (fangirl of the poet Paul van Ostaijen as a teenager). And, Douglas Coupland’s Generation X was very important, I just turned 15 when I read it, it really made a great impact.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
My father’s indestructibility and resilience and my grand father’s resistance.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Time, solitude, coffee.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently writing a script for a short movie about making an artwork. Several actors will play me and play themselves playing me. It will be a subversive short film, a doku-soap, a mockumentary with surreal elements. The point of focus is the thing art (commodity) in relationship to the artist (the body).
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
After enjoying a video-piece by Mika Rottenberg in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art last month, I’ve been watching her latest and re-watching her older work and they’re all a true pleasure to watch.
Also, yesterday I saw the dance piece YEW by Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot and it blew me away.