My work consists of long-running projects that are sometimes hard to label. The projects evolve from an idea, a dream, a message or a vision. They always contain an element of ‘doing good’.
Art functions as a mirror to the world around us. So, with my art works I aim to encourage people to reflect on various themes. For example: the division of roles between men and women or the level of truth in survivor stories. I start by telling these stories and challenge others to tell their own stories and to pass them on.
My intention is to provide the viewers and the participants in my projects with a window to other worldviews. My art projects usually involve a high level of interaction with the audience and the greatest value of these projects is what takes place inside the viewers’ / participants’ minds.
Both as an artist and as a person I consider myself to be a disorganiser. By placing seemingly simple things under a magnifying glass the most ordinary becomes the most precious. With this aim in mind the means I use depends on the way I envision the artwork to be. They include, amongst others, video, photography, installations, ceramics and performances.
Anne Verhoijsen 2014
Anne Verhoijsen is not the kind of artist that sits down at her desk in the studio every morning at nine. Every work she creates finds its origins in a need, an urge, or a question. Her oeuvre is defined by an openness to other cultures, her affinity with fabrics and clothing and a longing for beauty. Following her first world trip, she returned to the Netherlands with a deep understanding of the idea that people differ from each other in numerous ways yet at the same time share a longing for beauty and acknowledgment. From that moment, every work has become a step closer to better understanding the beauty found outside the boundary of our Western standards.
Hanne Hagenaars Art critic and curator.