Led by process, a day in Femke Dekkers’ practice never looks the same, where action organically leads to another action without distinct aims or timelines. Whether working at her permanent studio in Breda, or across a variety of temporary spaces, Femke’s work is always intrinsically related to the space she occupies.
"'I really enjoy working in temporary spaces. New space is always new input.'"
"'This little room is a frame to work within. Normally the camera is the frame but now it's this room. So in a way, the space becomes the frame.'"
"'My work is really process-based. I will move between the set I'm building, painting and altering my camera as the view point. It’s a constant movement. Making, looking through the camera, making, looking again.'"
"'Mess, or the state of the studio in the middle of a process can be inspiring when I return the next day, so I like leaving the studio in this state at the end of the day.'"
Images by Kris Kozlowski
Published as part of the featured project:
Turning the Corner
by Femke Dekkers
Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In the world of Femke Dekkers, the dynamism of installations and the flatness of photographs give rise to new illusions of space – where sculpture and painting freely mix.
“...archival photographs are essential for transmitting history and experience to new generations, because stories that contain images generate empathy, and will reach younger people in a more emotional way.“
“The simplicity in the forms and composition of my work is meant to create the ‘vacuum’ which is needed to rescue memories and images settled deep down in our subconscious, where archetypal forms lie.“