Valerie van Leersum

Trophies of the edgelands
2018
installation
600 x 280 x 50 cm
Color of the North see
2019
Exhibition overview 't HEM
400 x 800 x 300 cm
Moving the soil
2019
3D collage
60 x 37 x 3 cm
Epifyt - bossi annanasi
2018
Photo print
60 x 40 cm
What is written within me
2019
print
70 x 300 cm
What came along with me
2019
3D collage
100 x 30 x 8 cm
Places at drift
2018
Exhibition overview 't HEM
700 x 400 cm

How does the ground, the ever changing landscape relate to the concept of home? How do we overcome the dualism between nature and culture? How can we deepen our relationship with our natural environment? These questions form the basis for the work in which she actively invites the viewer to meet, exchange and connect.

I work as an artist, designer and explorer. My work focuses on the relationship between landscape and human identity; how landscapes are given shape by people and vice versa.

For this I create images and installations using objects, text, audio, collages and photography. Sometimes the images stand alone, in other cases they are part of an installation or polyptych. The work moves between ‘factual’ history on the one hand and the subjective experience on the other. I often collaborate with scientists and other professionals from different backgrounds.

Starting with an artistic research, I aim for a poetic abstraction which invites the viewer to move between personal experience and the larger context of a phenomenon.

Trophies of the edgelands
2018
installation
600 x 280 x 50 cm
Color of the North see
2019
Exhibition overview 't HEM
400 x 800 x 300 cm
Moving the soil
2019
3D collage
60 x 37 x 3 cm
Epifyt - bossi annanasi
2018
Photo print
60 x 40 cm
What is written within me
2019
print
70 x 300 cm
What came along with me
2019
3D collage
100 x 30 x 8 cm
Places at drift
2018
Exhibition overview 't HEM
700 x 400 cm