Mondriaan Fund Residency (first three months of total of six months) 
Rotterdam NL 2016

Femke Gerestein born in Middelburg, lives and works in Rotterdam.
Gerestein makes large works on paper. She joins other contemporary artists who consider drawing to be a primary medium worthy of major artworks. By generating drawings and wall works of considerable physical size she amplifies the attributes of figuration often referring to the distorted details of the human form.
During her six month long residency at Kaus Australis Femke Gerestein benefited from the use of the large working space which allowed her to move forward into new terrain. By using her own body imprints she has released herself from her former constraints and reliance on photos and grids. The new work is made by the most direct and dynamic action of mark making, motion gestures and incidental pile-ups in graphite.
By using her body as a drawing tool with delicately rendered enhancements she has been able to “inhabit” the drawings with unusual evocative effect.

text by Megan Williams
(Los Angeles artist and fellow Kaus Australis resident)
photos 1 - 7 Bob Goedewaagen
photos 1 - 7 Bob Goedewaagen


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