Six Questions

Six Questions: Rachel de Joode

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Rachel de Joode.

Artist 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.

Rachel de Joode - Stacked Sculpture in Nature I & II 2017
inkjet print on dibond, powdered coated steel. 125 x 183 cm
Collectie Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen2017 © Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, © Simon Trel

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.

Rachel de Joode - Stacked Sculpture I, 2017 (detail)
215 x 84 cm, inkjet print on dibond, powdered coated steel

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My father’s indestructibility and resilience and my grand father’s resistance.

Rachel de Joode - Installation view of Soft in the Centre @ Photoforum Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 2017

What do you need in order to create your work?

Time, solitude, coffee.

Rachel de Joode - Triptych, 2017 (detail)
c-print, mounted, wall print , custom framed

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).

Rachel de Joode - Soft Inquiry XI, 2015
Ceramic and archival inkjet print on PVC 39.5 x 25.5 x 12 cm

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.

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions