Mirjam has an affinity for spaces. Her dreams are very much involved with space. They appear with strong feelings of existence and memories. By spaces, she means a room, a garden, inside a bag, the figures shaped between the trees and so on. Nature is an indispensable part of her work. Her enthusiasm for spending time with nature is the core of her inspirations and even her decisions.
Collecting original seeds is a mission for Mirjam. Prior to 1994, she recognised climate change as a longstanding phenomenon. She saw that mono-cultures were forcing the farmers to use genetically manipulated seeds. At the same time the factories were delivering insecticide seeds in the same buckets and were pushing them on the farmers. However farmers were planting original seeds in their small private gardens. “People keeping the original seeds in the most important room of the house, because it’s the source of the food and all the genetic materials are in the seeds,” said Mirjam. Now when plants have defects, she has the original seeds to be able to feed humanity.
She has taught art at a visual art school for 30 years. Teaching was quite intensive and she moved studios often, but never stopped producing her own projects. She has traveled around the world because her work is multi-layered and looks to the outside while the source is deep inside her. She has been in Pakistan, Himalaya, Indonesia, North India and many more places in east Asia. For her, as an artist based in Netherlands, traveling to these countries and experiencing the culture and landscape of these lands intimately, has opened the doors of a different world.
Her Book “Local is global” was initiated in a collaborative project with Netherland’s University museum and biology scientists. “It was another eye opener to work as an artist and collaborate with scientists,” she says. The book took her to Korea. She changed the title to “Gross national happiness” in 2001. That’s the quote used in Bhutan: gross national happiness instead of gross national product.
It’s important for her to get involved while traveling, staying for a while, getting to know the people, and make her works with fresh inspirations from local landscapes and people. That’s why she doesn’t carry her art works around. “When I’m triggered with something I have to make it,” Says Mirjam.
There has not been much time for her to make exhibition for a long time and now she is here to have her time to focus on her work again. She wants to have her own interpretation of the kleingartens of the city. Maybe this will manifest in making her own plan of green lounges of Leipzig playing around industrial spaces or maybe in a small collaboration with other artists in the residency. For the final exhibition, she plans to make an installation of movie compilation, drawing and space of the elements that she was freshly engaged with.
written by Elnaz Mostaan
you can find more of Mirjam’s work in her Website. As well she will exhibit her works in the following events.
The studio is alive with creative energy. All those who came to our Open Studios (Designers Open Spot) last weekend were able to see the work in progress and talk to the artists. Those who couldn’t, don’t fear. We have two shows coming up and each has its own special flair.
This exhibition represents the accumulation of ever-accelerating rhythms in the altermodern world and the momentum of regeneration. A spiralling ascension of energy followed by the shedding of skin and matter, folding backwards into grey foundations of urban displacement. There is a convergence of ancient forests and radiant future seed particles, mapping migratory paths through time and space. The body is but a site of irrational experience which confronts the machines of carbon-heavy Modernity. A Kali-destructive rampage of nihilism anticipates the coming still; hyper-sensitising rituals, filament tensions and porous-smooth materiality of the posthuman condition. This is an emerging non-state where the more-than-human world metamorphoses in perpetuum into a new corporeal becoming. The uncontaminated hierarchs falter and drop from the sky.
vernissage: Fri 15 Nov 19Uhr-22Uhr performances TBA
open: Sat 16/ Sun 17 14Uhr-18Uhr Thur 21/Fri 22/Sat 23 14Uhr-18Uhr
Alte Handelsschule Giesserstr 75
From nonmatter emerges poetic spaces of nothingness. This spatial emptiness waxes dark mass and a new spiritual gestation. A coded dialogue is written in the deep seams of carbon, bearing the deconstruction of material and nonlinear points of multiplicity. Sharp angles mutate into gentle recesses, energised with the properties of light and the intimacy of a dream.
The pleasure in the surge of viscosity, and the illusion of vulnerability creates a space between people, an assemblage which orientates the human to positive kinetic chaos.