Artwork: Elude, Reflections from a Silent Journey
Artist: Lisanne Hoogerwerf
Media: Giclee print on Hahnemühle photographic cotton paper
Price: RMB 18,000
“My artworks depict places which are at the same time real and unreal: places that you can’t find in ordinary reality, but that are made with real materials like pieces of wood, sand, glue, and painted canvas. I create my art as a way to visualize inner and outer human landscapes. Working mainly from imagination, I want to create an archetypal language.
My studio floor functions as a stage upon which I build, capture and deconstruct my landscapes. With my scenes, I sometimes refer to global developments, like the pandemic, the climate crisis and environmental issues. The scenes are emptied of the hustle and bustle of everyday life: no traffic or crowded cityscapes to be seen. Contrasting characteristics and elements can be linked to my work, for example: utopian/dystopian, playfulness/seriousness, society/nature, beauty/drabness.
Pictures keep appearing in my head, scenes without any clear relationship to mundane reality, landscapes inhabited by strange figures and filled with peculiar buildings. These images appear when in a relaxed state of mind, also known as the Alpha State. The inner worlds are free from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Neither busy traffic and urban architecture nor people to be seen.
After I deconstruct the scenes I have created, the resulting pictures show deserted places which reveal faint traces of (earlier) human activity. There could be a billboard, a playground, or an empty swimming pool. Almost nothing happens, yet these dreamlike scenes suggest that something has happened or is going to happen still. I consider art an important means to deepen connections within ourselves. The deeper layers of our minds are filled with unknown images and messages. I want to focus on the inner ‘pictures’ and visualize them for you to see, too. When creating my artworks I feel like an explorer. Akin to the early voyagers who made drawings and paintings of newly discovered lands, I create pictures of the shadowy dream worlds that I am discovering inside my mind.”
About the Artist
Lives and works in The Hague, born in 1987
2016 Bildung Academy, Amsterdam
2012 – 2013 Leiden University, Film, and Literary Studies Bachelor
2007 – 2011 Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Painting / Autonomous
Lisanne Hoogerwerf’s artworks depict recognizably unreal places: scenes that you cannot find in reality, but which are made with real materials such as pieces of wood, sand, glue, and painted canvas. She creates her art as a way to visualize inner and outer human landscapes. She mainly works from the imagination and wants to seize an archetypal language.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
ArtCN Gallery was officially launched in Shanghai in 2012. The vision of ArtCN team is to create a cross-cultural platform through art. We accomplish this through building a strong connection with both Chinese and Western artists underlined with our expertise in Chinese contemporary art. The gallery holds solo and group exhibitions of artists who have absorbed and reinterpreted elements from their native and adoptive countries creating a unique dialogue between Chinese and foreign cultures.