Carien Vugts

Carien Vugts, Haaren (The Netherlands), 1963

Period of residency: November 2016 – January 2017

Carien Vugts holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming at Tilburg (The Netherlands) and a Master in Mixed Media from De Jan van Eyck Academie at Maastricht (The Netherlands). She lives and works in Utrecht (The Netherlands)

The work Carien Vugts currently realizes is part of a fictional universe, a universe that is getting more and more specific and which definitively should be imagined. She is chasing a remembrance of a location from her childhood that is encrypted with her memory. It is not an objective memory but one that is influenced by feelings and moods and still is subject to change. Like there is elsewhere another domain that should be mapped. Her visual archive is the heart of her visual language. It contains a lot of forms and structures derived from her fascination for wall covering materials and -motifs; such as plaster, wallpaper borders, motifs taken from wallpaper, motifs borrowed from stucco, decor strips, Delftware, etc. But it also contains drawings and photos of interiors, landscapes, still lives and shapes and structures derived from landscapes.

Through drawings, wall sculptures and site specific work, she reconstructs the location of her youth. Zooming in and out, these drawings, wall sculptures and installations are created. Formerly Carien Vugts considered the drawings, objects and site specific works as separate entities, now they are part of that one universe. The real significance lies in the relationship between these three. They are all part of a larger associative whole. You cannot see this intermediate area literally but you experience it because this too is animated. Each work has its own eloquence but together they form the visual language with which Vugts want to construct and communicate.

Vugts will start with visiting DIY shops, wall paper stores, and so on. With the new materials she hopes to find, she will realize new wall sculptures. This process will be influenced by staying in Barcelona for these two months.

Carien Vugts realized solo exhibitions, among others, at Elba (Nijmegen), In Principio Erat Verbum (Steyl), De Fabriek (Eindhoven), De Verschijning (Tilburg), Alarm (Beugen) De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek (Helmond),SubUp (Utrecht)

She also participated in group exhibitions among others at De Gele Rijder, (Arnhem), De Verschijning (Tilburg) ‘Devil’s Daughter’s-in-law’, Kunstcentrum (Sittard) ‘Our concern’, De Fabriek (Eindhoven), ’Oponthoud / Aufenthalt’, Haus 10 (Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany),Museum de Wieger (Deurne), ’Sites and Structures’, Pictura (Dordrecht), ‘wanted landscape’, CBKU (Utrecht), ‘Habitat’, Kunstliefde, (Utrecht), ‘just like a bright silvery mist’, Dapiran Art Project Space, (Utrecht) Phoebus (Rotterdam). Vugts previously had artist-in-residences at the European Ceramic Working Centre (’s-Hertogenbosch), Gueststudio, Daglicht en Beeldenstorm (Eindhoven), Caesuur (Middelburg)




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