My perspectivistic way of observing the world around me originates from growing up in a family deeply immersed in aerial photography. From an early age, I watched my mother in an airplane, zooming in and out on the world below us. I am rooted in photography, but my art practice extends to other media such as ceramic sculpture, drawing, and text.
In long-term, site-specific projects, I observe the relationship between humans and nature, specifically the interconnectedness within our everyday environment. Questioning, "How do I experience stillness and harmony in a chaotic world?" and "How does the abstract of man relate to the organic of nature?"
With a poetic and contemplative approach, I aim to make the viewer aware of the power of slowing down, contemplation, and reflection. My work takes the form of publications, installations, and workshops in which I invite the audience to look differently at the everyday world around us, seeing unity and revaluing wonder, even in the midst of a chaotic, hectic contemporary world.
I have a fascination with Eastern philosophy, culture, and aesthetics and it strongly influences my work. I undertook several studies in Japan and China that helped me understand the difference between East and West. As a practicing Zen Buddhist, I use Zen philosophy as a guideline in my work process, where my creative expression embraces a spiritual dimension.
In 2010, I completed a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2008, I was awarded the "Bouw In Beeld Photography Award.” In 2018, my book Breathing Mountains was nominated for "Best Photography Book of the Year" at Photo Espana in 2019. In 2020, the project “A River Runs Through Me, Paris” was nominated for "The Somfy Photography Award 2020”. Currently, I am working on my new book "bird, plane, butterfly" (Spring 2024, Jap Sam Books).
My work is represented by Gallery Caroline O'Breen in Amsterdam.
pdf essay for Breathing Mountains by Hans den Hartog Jager writer/curator/art critic/historian
pdf text by Annewieke Vroom philosopher of religion
pdf text by Julia Geerlings curator/writer
pdf text (NL) by Tineke Reijnders writer/historian
pdf openings text (NL) by Joke Hermsen philosopher/writer
Studio Antoinette Nausikaä
1054 RA Amsterdam, NL