Risja Steeghs works along the lines of sculpture, installation and performance. Within her work she explores notions of transformation, rebirth and the way we as humans occupy space in this world; she does so by creating large textile sculptures and using her own body as material for performances. Her works are often a diaristic, sensitive, and humorous reflection of herself.
The artist is interested in the idea of the body as a universal landscape, and the bed as a metaphor for the body’s becoming, and for its incessant qualities of rebirth. A diaristic depiction of life itself as well as a passageway from one world into another. Especially focussing on the moment in between waking and sleeping, where we become aware of our body’s presence, our sensations and our material form in space.
Developing a series of objects and spaces which evoke a haptic, soft and sensuous relationship between viewer and artwork, often inviting them to enter personal spaces or putting herself in vulnerable states in front of an audience. Creating works which evoke a similar intimate and haptic relationship as the one we have when we find ourselves in the safe space of our bedroom. This results in a psychedelic, colourful and unique clash of the senses.www.risjasteeghs.com