Jesse van den Berg & Eva Spierenburg
Jesse van den Berg, Laurens
Eva Spierenburg, hidden remains (the other)
April 2021 – July 2021
This collaborative research residency is part of SEA Foundations’ longer term research art and sustainability fold #01 on Empathy
Van den Berg and Spierenburg’s collaborative research resulted in the exhibition ‘Intertwined’ at SEA Foundation from 02.07.2021-21.08.2021.
Jesse van den Berg
Jesse van den Berg (they/them, he/him) (1996, NL) is a visual artist who researches the topic of queerness with a focus on intimacy. Jesse’s work is an ongoing exploration of queerness around them. With intimacy being the main focus, they look for ways to express their vision through lens-based media. Making the viewer aware of their thinking patterns while using the human body to investigate the meaning of gender and sexuality. In their research Jesse stays aware of the presence of the camera and how this affects the interaction between the model and the maker. With analogue photography in particular, Jesse is not only capturing intimacy but also integrates intimacy in the whole process of making. With their practice Jesse creates an experience of love, admiration and vulnerability.
Originally educated as a painter, Eva Spierenburg’s (1987, NL) work gradually shifted towards multimedia installations. These comprise an arrangement of painted objects, sculptures, drawings, found items, prints, video and most recently performance.
Spierenburg is interested in the correlation between our inner processes, and our physical body interacting with the world. She considers the body to be a carrier for the individual; a shell where experiences and sensory perceptions manifest themselves and are archived. In Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology, corporeality and being embodied are prerequisites for our understanding of, and interaction with, the world. Spierenburg aims to find a form for the human experiences that escape grip and language; a form for what happens in-between life and death. Recurring themes are the vulnerability of the body and mind, temporality, and the encounter between extremities like presence-absence, internal-external, solid-soft, earthly-spiritual.