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Ella Gijselhart
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What is your specialty, what makes your work unique? Or place your artist's statement.

When I wander, I often look down, looking for interesting things I can find on the streets. These things include odd objects but everyday scenes like pedestrian crossings as well. As a child I always tried to walk as much as possible on the white lines of the pedestrian crossing. It was a fun game but there was also another reason, if I wasn’t able to walk on the white lines I was afraid that something bad was waiting. I am interested in this kind of fantasies and look for ways to represent these in images. By representing these fantasies in a way that people recognize certain aspects, I try to open a discussion between viewers.

In the streets a lot of random items get dumped, think for example of mattresses or catering waste. The way these items get dumped sometimes creates a sort of human posture with which I can identify myself, this moves me and creates an emotional connection between me and the dumped objects. By visualizing these everyday street scenes I want to trigger the viewer to associate with the posture and see what connection grows between them and the objects.

In my work I look at the correspondence of images and how a collection of images can create a storyline. By extracting these images out of their origin, transforming them and combining them, their meaning completely changes and thus people’s associations with common objects that are represented in the images change. I want to see how these associations change and what the core of our perception is. Using several media like, image, video, text, performance and sound I try to find a suitable way to portray these subjects.



What are your ambitions? What do you want to be in five years?

In the next five years I would like to have an exhibition in for example Tate Modern in Londen, Palais de Tokyo in Paris or just Het Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam. If all this doesn't work out I will also be happy with a bit of sun and the possibility to walk around in different places.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your studies?

The most important thing I've learned is how to look, how to tell, and how to visualize something.