Sigrid van Woudenberg
Born in Assen, The Netherlands, 1967
Lives and works in IJsselstein, Utrecht
Faculteit der Kunsten Hogeschool Katholieke Leergangen
Academie voor Beeldende Vorming te Tilburg
About my work
I’ve been working with a concept, ‘This is where the city ends’, just to have a foundation where I can ‘build’ upon.
It all starts with a ‘Base’, a hidden, reclusive place somewhere in a rampant jungle far away where you can retreat and where a new world can be invented, or build. Or dreamt of.
It has all the elements I can work with and extend: people and their basic needs, architecture, rediscovering the nature of things, territory, getting lost, searching for connection, searching for ways of positioning oneself in the world, survival, etc.
In my drawings I use structures, different motives from nature and architecture wherein the figures try to find their way. The result is often a combination of flat and spatial.
Monumental & intimate at the same time is how I like my work best. Like a still.
Sometimes there is a dark, mysterious element in the drawing and as a counterpart there is light; something magical in an ordinary moment.
I have been lucky to have been living in South-America (Surinam) as a child and as an adolescent I’ve spent a lot of times in the Middle-East over a period of 3 years. I am sure those experiences have made an impact on the way I look at things and people.
I’ve realised that not everything is the way it seems. It’s much more complex.
It’s interesting that although we want freedom in every aspect of our lives, we all so want control. It’s paradise (wild, free) versus culture, or both at the same time.
I use my personal memories, I select and dissect from everything that’s happening around me and in the world. Sometimes I make use of photographs out of my own family albums as a starting point. Art History, Literature, Poetry, Music, Science and Philosophy are always important references.