The Ravestijn Gallery brings together new work by Dutch artists Ruth van Beek and Mariken Wessels. In this publication, their two distinct visions are brought into dialogue. Their mutual interest in exploring the act of creation, their muses and their gestures of intervening into existing material overlap in the space to form a powerful reflection on what it is to be a female artist. In Ruth van Beek’s recent book and spatial installation of collages, ordinary objects take on a body and life of their own. She explores the thin borders between studio and domestic life, the repetition of daily tasks and the origins of her interests in manuals and household books, tracing them all the way back to her mother’s influence. In Mariken Wessels’ new series of sculptures of Mama and collage works 'The Sculptor', it is the female body that becomes matter.
32 pages, 16 x 23 cm, softcover, Van Zoetendaal (Amsterdam).