Ilse Van Garderen -Biography


Artist’s Statement

 

Artist’s Statement

The moment a word, a line of poetry or an experience begins to tug at the imagination, an inner journey commences involving an interplay of memories and associations.

The artist book presents itself as the perfect vehicle for the unfoldment of this type of ‘narrative’ – which can be seen as a small dance around a psychological pivot.

Series also captivate me, the inevitable evolution inherent in this mode of operation allows me to explore concepts such as abstraction in the context of object/subject and space defined in terms of the representational – a conscious shift of focus.

When drawing, I work on a prepared ground, allowing the pentimenti of earlier drawings or discarded intaglio prints to become an integral part of the work – a tangible thread with the past – allowing ‘chaos to shimmer through the regular veil of orderliness’ (Maeterlinck).

Biography

Ilse van Garderen was born in Australia of Dutch parents.  Her family moved back to the Netherlands when she was three, returning to Australia ten years later.  The period in the Netherlands, where her maternal grandmother – a teacher and storyteller – lived with them, profoundly influenced Ilse’s development.

Like so many other women artists Ilse juggled a number of activities – in her case combining raising children, renovating houses and designing gardens – with her own artistic pursuits, which began in the realm of book illustration.  Her first children’s picture book, which she both wrote and illustrated, was short-listed for the Crichton Award.  She successfully participated in exhibitions of both illustrative and then more frequently non-illustrative work.

Searching for a way to explore motifs – often using as the point of departure a sequence of words or a line of poetry with particular resonance for her – Ilse was drawn to the genre of Artist Books. These allow her, in an intimate and tactile form, to create a multi-layered pictorial language, both psychologically charged and ambiguous.

When not working in the book format, Ilse frequently produces works in a series to allow the possibility of a narrative to unfold.

 

 

 

 

 

The moment a word, a line of poetry or an experience begins to tug at the imagination, an inner journey commences involving an interplay of memories and associations. 

 

 

 

The artist book presents itself as the perfect vehicle for the unfoldment of this type of ‘narrative’ – which can be seen as a small dance around a psychological pivot. 

 

 

 

Series also captivate me, the inevitable evolution inherent in this mode of operation allows me to explore concepts such as abstraction in the context of object/subject and space defined in terms of the representational – a conscious shift of focus.

 

 

 

When drawing, I work on a prepared ground, allowing the pentimenti of earlier drawings or discarded intaglio prints to become an integral part of the work – a tangible thread with the past – allowing ‘chaos to shimmer through the regular veil of orderliness’ (Maeterlinck).

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

 

 

 

Ilse van Garderen was born in Australia of Dutch parents.  Her family moved back to the Netherlands when she was three, returning to Australia ten years later.  The period in the Netherlands, where her maternal grandmother – a teacher and storyteller – lived with them, profoundly influenced Ilse’s development. 

 

 

 

Like so many other women artists Ilse juggled a number of activities – in her case combining raising children, renovating houses and designing gardens – with her own artistic pursuits, which began in the realm of book illustration.  Her first children’s picture book, which she both wrote and illustrated, was short-listed for the Crichton Award.  She successfully participated in exhibitions of both illustrative and then more frequently non-illustrative work.

 

 

 

Searching for a way to explore motifs – often using as the point of departure a sequence of words or a line of poetry with particular resonance for her – Ilse was drawn to the genre of Artist Books. These allow her, in an intimate and tactile form, to create a multi-layered pictorial language, both psychologically charged and ambiguous.

 

 

 

When not working in the book format, Ilse frequently produces works in a series to allow the possibility of a narrative to unfold.

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rtist’s Statement

 

The moment a word, a line of poetry or an experience begins to tug at the imagination, an inner journey commences involving an interplay of memories and associations. 

 

The artist book presents itself as the perfect vehicle for the unfoldment of this type of ‘narrative’ – which can be seen as a small dance around a psychological pivot. 

 

Series also captivate me, the inevitable evolution inherent in this mode of operation allows me to explore concepts such as abstraction in the context of object/subject and space defined in terms of the representational – a conscious shift of focus.

 

When drawing, I work on a prepared ground, allowing the pentimenti of earlier drawings or discarded intaglio prints to become an integral part of the work – a tangible thread with the past – allowing ‘chaos to shimmer through the regular veil of orderliness’ (Maeterlinck).

 

 

Biography

 

Ilse van Garderen was born in Australia of Dutch parents.  Her family moved back to the Netherlands when she was three, returning to Australia ten years later.  The period in the Netherlands, where her maternal grandmother – a teacher and storyteller – lived with them, profoundly influenced Ilse’s development. 

 

Like so many other women artists Ilse juggled a number of activities – in her case combining raising children, renovating houses and designing gardens – with her own artistic pursuits, which began in the realm of book illustration.  Her first children’s picture book, which she both wrote and illustrated, was short-listed for the Crichton Award.  She successfully participated in exhibitions of both illustrative and then more frequently non-illustrative work.

 

Searching for a way to explore motifs – often using as the point of departure a sequence of words or a line of poetry with particular resonance for her – Ilse was drawn to the genre of Artist Books. These allow her, in an intimate and tactile form, to create a multi-layered pictorial language, both psychologically charged and ambiguous.

 

When not working in the book format, Ilse frequently produces works in a series to allow the possibility of a narrative to unfold.

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