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Femke Gerestein (Gerestein)

Femke Gerestein (Gerestein)

I investigate my fascinations by drawing. Drawing to me is a way of looking, of feeling, of experiencing. The energy I put into the drawing reflects directly on the outcome. The theme of my work is not only the subject of the drawing, but also the drawing itself.

Reoccurring subjects are female figures. My work starts by taking photographs of the model. In my latest work I am the model myself. While taking pictures there's no one in the room but me. This is an important point of departure. I photograph my body from different angles. I select the "worst" pictures for the drawings: too dark, out of focus, lots of noise. I draw the noise, not the body. The body lies beneath the noise and the cracks in the paper. Because I've established the overall view by taking the photographs, I can allow myself to zoom in and focus on the details with a complete devotion to drawing. The drawn surface is becoming the most important subject of my work.

In the process of drawing I investigate the subject by observing it from a distance, by then approaching it and by repeating this movement. I'd like the viewer of the drawing to experience a similar movement. This movement back and forth is an important theme in my work. The tactility of the drawing invites the viewer to take a closer look. Up close the overall view disappears and a new dimension in the drawn surface reveals itself.

In my drawings I'm trying to get into the subject of my drawing, into the details of the drawing and even through the surface of the paper. This movement back and forth and even through the membrane is the most important theme in my work.

www.femkegerestein.nl

Biography

education

2000-2004 AKV|St Joost Breda, illustration (BA, cum laude)

grants

2013 Projectsubsidie, SBKM
2012 Materiaalsubsidie, SBKM
2008 Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB
2007 Startstipendium, Fonds BKVB
2007 Werkbeurs literair auteur, Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren

published picture books

2007 Vertelopa, auteur: Jaak Dreesen, De Eenhoorn, (isbn 9789058383983)
2006 In de zee van mama's buik, auteur: Leen van den Berg, De Eenhoorn, (isbn 9789058383815)

other

2014- : museum attendant Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
2008 - : teacher Kunsteducatie Walcheren, NL
2007 - 2012: teacher Artschool AKV|St Joost, Den Bosch & Breda, NL
2008 - 2012: PR Kunstwerkplaats KipVis, NL
2004 - 2010: (editorial) illustrations (selection: NRC Handelsblad, PZC, Algemeen Dagblad, Binnenlands Bestuur, Brabant Cultureel, Bres, Cool Politics Magazine, Didaktief, Interne Communicatie, De leeswolf en de leeswelp, Ode, Oog voor Welstand, Opzij, PIT, Safe, Soeps, Uitgeverij ADZ, De Eenhoorn)

Exhibitions

2015 Reisgenoten, groepstentoonstelling met Maartje Korstanje en Renzo Martens, Sask, Sint Niklaas, BE
2015 Veldwerk, groepstentoonstelling, Kunstvereniging/Drawing Centre Diepenheim
2015 Waar de hand zingt, groepstentoonstelling, Kunstvereniging/Drawing Centre Diepenheim

2014 Grafietjurk, Raadskelder Museum het Belfort, Sluis
2014 To Be Body, duotentoonstelling met teja van hoften, CBK Zeeland, Middelburg
2014 Faith Hope Love, Middelburgse Atelier Stichting, Middelburg
2014 Come to your senses, duotentoonstelling met Kees van der Knaap, DOCK5340, Den Bosch

2013 Solo, Mon Capitaine, Middelburg (06.10 - 27.10.2013)
2013 Groepstentoonstelling, Mon Capitaine, Middelburg (01.09 - 29.09.2013)
2013 I wonder if I've been changed in the night? (residentie + solo), Stichting IK, Oost-Souburg
2013 Made in Vlissingen 1, Willem3, Vlissingen

2012 PopUp expo, Bewaerschole, Burgh Haamstede
2012 Nacht van de Nacht, Middelburg
2012 12 plaatsbepalingen, Grote Kerk Veere
2012 SPRING, Grote Kerk Veere

2011 Through the Looking-Glass (solo), Lieux-Communs, Namen (BE)
2011 Down the Rabbit-Hole (solo), Jan van Leeuwen Stichting, Middelburg

2010 Winterfestival Verrassend Licht Vlissingen
2010 Voorbeeldig verbeeld, CBK Zeeland, Middelburg
2010 Vrije illustratoren, KUB, Goes
2010 Museum Le Secet, 's Heer Arendskerke
2010 Loggia (solo), Abdijplein, Middelburg
2010 museumcafé Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg (solo)
2010 Het sprookje van Zeeland, Kunstwerkplaats KipVis, Vlissingen

2009 De gierzwaluw en de pissebed (solo), Oranjezon, Vrouwenpolder
2009 De Drvkkery, Middelburg
2009 Onderstroom Festival, Vlissingen
2009 Kunstwerkplaats KipVis, Vlissingen
2008 De Drvkkery, Middelburg
2008 Preludium 1, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
2008 Zomeratelier, CBK Zeeland, Middelburg
2008 RAAK me (solo), KUB, Goes
2008 Zeeuwse Nieuwe, Stadhuis Terneuzen

2007 Vertelopa, De Drvkkery, Middelburg
2007 Kunstenaars van Carré, Villa d'Arto, Tilburg
2007 In de zee van mama’s buik, De Drvkkery, Middelburg
2006 Klein Grafiek IV, Grafisch Atelier Den Bosch
2005 Jong Talent II, Grafisch Atelier Den Bosch

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Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on September 08, 2015 13:59:

Thank you Femke for liking 'Hit and run'!!! Cheers.

franz durst (franzdurst)

franz durst wrote on December 10, 2014 20:07:

Tolle Arbeiten !!!

Gianfranco Ferlazzo (Pittore)

Gianfranco Ferlazzo wrote on April 23, 2014 19:16:

Thanks again Femke!!

Gianfranco Ferlazzo (Pittore)

Gianfranco Ferlazzo wrote on April 17, 2014 19:14:

Hi Femke:))!! Thanks so much!!

norbertjoerg norbert (norbert2)

norbertjoerg norbert wrote on April 09, 2014 15:17:

Danke dir bei meiner Arbeit"Veränderung2..........o"

norbertjoerg norbert (norbert2)

norbertjoerg norbert wrote on April 09, 2014 15:14:

Danke dir für Favorit bei meiner Arbeit. Grüße Norbert

José García y Más (josegarciaymas)

José García y Más wrote on February 26, 2014 20:06:

Thank you very much, Femke !! Best, José

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on February 26, 2014 11:44:

Thank you very much Femke!!!! Best regards.

Norman Alcantara (npxa)

Norman Alcantara wrote on February 23, 2014 20:10:

Why thanks alot of honoring me....Like most artist we like to be recognized by other artist. Norman A.

Margareta Jungerth Boo (jungerthb)

Margareta Jungerth Boo wrote on February 13, 2014 10:42:

Thank you Femke!

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on February 13, 2014 06:52:

Thank you very much Femke!!!

florian breetzke (florianbreetzke)

florian breetzke wrote on February 12, 2014 14:34:

Great Drawings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rolf Sickinger (twoplustwo)

Rolf Sickinger wrote on February 11, 2014 10:02:

Thank you very much for adding to your favs. "Le Dos" is a somewhat older drawing by me :-)

Leslie Bowman (Lbowman)

Leslie Bowman wrote on February 10, 2014 18:42:

thank you!

Grete Hagen (Grete63)

Grete Hagen wrote on February 10, 2014 10:17:

Thank you very much !

Carlos Regueira (CarlosRegueira)

Carlos Regueira wrote on February 08, 2014 02:23:

Thank you again, Femke

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on February 06, 2014 10:03:

Thank you dear Femke!!! Love your gallery. Groeten.

Rolf Sickinger (twoplustwo)

Rolf Sickinger wrote on February 06, 2014 09:25:

I like your work, it's amazing!

Marilyn Kirsch (artist183)

Marilyn Kirsch wrote on February 05, 2014 16:56:

Thank you Femke

Petra Senn (sennsight)

Petra Senn wrote on February 05, 2014 14:57:

Thank you, Femke !

Jose armando (Jose)

Jose armando wrote on February 05, 2014 11:31:

thanks for the appreciation of my work

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on January 31, 2014 09:05:

Thank you very much dear Femke!!!!!!!!!! Best wishes.

Michael Pointer (Zavala)

Michael Pointer wrote on January 25, 2014 16:07:

Thanks so much for the favorite, Femke!

Carlos Regueira (CarlosRegueira)

Carlos Regueira wrote on January 22, 2014 23:13:

Thank you for the fav, Femke!

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on January 19, 2014 18:03:

Thank you dear Femke!

Marten Tonnis (martentonnis)

Marten Tonnis wrote on January 18, 2014 08:02:

Dear Femke, thank you very much for the compliment!!! Beste groeten.

Michael Pointer (Zavala)

Michael Pointer wrote on January 17, 2014 23:43:

Thank you so much for the favorite, Femke!