Marjo Postma, ceramics 2020,
Marjo Postma (Ulestraten, Limburg 1958) is an artist based in Amsterdam. Marjo Postma is the 1984 recipient of the Prix de Rome. She was a resident at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Postma’s work consists of drawings, paintings, linocuts, embroideries and has been shown mainly in the Netherlands and with regular intervals in Italy.
Postma’s work is inspired by marine life and sub-aquatic encounters. In pursuit of a state of weirdness and disconnection of understanding, the works move towards soft-core science fiction. In Marjo Postma’s own words she describes what inspires her: “Everything that moves, in the air or on the ground, like plants, trees and especially the underwater world has my interest. The images I ‘capture’ in my drawings, prints and paintings are my encounters, dreams and adventures. My thoughts wander and what I see I adapt in my own style: recognisable forms will be seen as details in a new form, constructions can become living creatures. For me, drawing is like thinking with a pencil; travelling in the endless ocean where imagination has no limits. There is only premeditation but no storyboard. The result is like a frozen moment in time.”
Symbiosis is a presentation of works on paper and ceramics by Marjo Postma. Her work process is intuitive and organic. In addition, she adds a pre-visualisation by fabricating an imaginative plan that allows unexpectant appearances. The curatorial approach towards the exhibition is similar to the work process of the artist. By building trust and opening up layered discussions, like posing questions about the work, the process and outcomes, we aim to expose the emotion, transgression and transcendence in Postma’s work. The exhibition focuses on unearth connections within the visual layers as well as researching added layering of the transposed inspiration. All to find a deeper meaning in Marjo Postma’s works.
An artist’s book will be launched at the exhibition opening.