2012-2016 Bachelor of Design
University of the Arts Utrecht
ceramic workshop, Maakgemeenschap De Hoop
2020-present educator fashion design, B Academy Amsterdam | Arnhem | Eindhoven
2018-present costume design Toneelgroep
2019 costume design Bos
2018-2019 studio assistant Morgan Courtois,
Rijksakademie, Amsterdam 2017-2019 floormanager, Hermitage Amsterdam 2018 ceramics
workshop, IMC weekendschool, Amsterdam 2015 studio assistant
Marques’Almeida, internship, London
van Wijk (1994) graduated from the Fashion Department of University of the Arts
Utrecht in 2016. After working on some collaborations, publications and
performances in fashion, she decided to take a different turn with her artist practice
and started to look into the field of Fine Arts. Working from her studio in
Amsterdam, she explores the relationship between the human body and our position towards the
bodily presence and its constantly altering, ever creating nature.
From the moment I took part in my first elementary school biology class and started learning about the great miracles of nature, I began to develop a fascination for the greatest miracle of all times: the functioning of the human body. I became aware of bodily processes like growth, reproduction and the immune system. After a while I started devouring the medical encyclopedia, I couldn’t get enough of it. I kept it hidden in my room and browsed through all the fascinating shapes concealed within the human body.
The inexhaustible source of my inspiration is the human body and our position towards the bodily presence and its constantly altering, ever creating nature. I usually work with the body in an unapologetic, honest manner which results in works that are simultaneously appealing and revolting. I approach the body as an incomplete figure that is unfinished, outgrows itself, transgresses its own limits; the ever incomplete character of being.
I aim to communicate a subjective visual description to address an intersubjective feeling. While doing so, I hope to enhance our collective understanding of how we connect with our bodies. To allow bodies to honor their differences while simultaneously embracing the homogeneity in this shared feeling. I use textures that both attract and repel to help the spectator reach a deep feeling of recognition, an acknowledgement of identity. The viewer can experience a sense of eroticism, a subtle sensuality. I wish to create a feeling people can relate to, without the form being too literal.
Through my art I share a festive, rebellious celebration of existence.