• Anet VAN DE ELZEN, the Netherlands

Anet VAN DE ELZEN, the Netherlands

Lives and works in Amsterdam.

"The work she produces does not stand for Anet van de Elzen. ‘It won't give you a glimpse of the identity of the artist', says one of the authors of this book, Brian Catling. The work stands for the viewer. There is nothing in between, not even Anet van de Elzen. In fact she goes one step further: she dissolves in her work. For her it is simply the natural thing to do. Everything Anet van de Elzen is not in daily life, she is in her work. ‘What it is not, is an everyday thing'. You will recognize it as how you, the onlooker, experience her work. It is not an experience that can be shared with others; you can talk about it, perhaps, but you cannot share the other's feelings. Whatever you see has a different meaning than what another sees in it. You need to look for the significance of this work in yourself, not in the artist. When she talks about it, she talks about the manifestation of the image and how it came into being, about the physical form it has taken, but not about the effect it produces."

Extract from 'The inner plumb line' by Alex de Vries

Anet van de Elzens’ partiicpation at  Guangzhou Live 5 is generously supported by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Guangzhou.

Anet van de Elzen. To Taste. performance at Fierce Festival Birmingham, 2013. Photo: Nils Kenninck