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Earthly 1 and 2 in  Mia Karlova gallery Amsterdam
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Earthly part 2 Sculpture

Femke van Gemert

Netherlands

Sculpture, Textile on Soft (yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 12.6 W x 32.3 H x 9.4 D in

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Earthly Part 2 Life in and under the skin of the earth inspired for these works. Humans tear open the earth to look for precious metals, fossil energy sources, dig, mine and log, cultivate, and deforest. The earth gives and gives. Our nostalgic archaic concept of what is earth and natural is no longer reality. New compositions of earth are happening because of human actions, distractions and exploitation. No matter how coarse, dry and rugged the surface may be after many human acts, earth is resilient, adapts. Things grow, under the surface, new effects will occur, new ground will be formed, new bacteria and insects will live there, seeds are budding, life evolves. Earth stays, under all this, even it it becomes inhabitable dangerous for humans due to their own behavior. These two sculptures are a tribute to this superpower under the surface of the earth, that goes on and on. This sculpture is a duo with Earthly 1, als o available

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Sculpture:Textile on Soft (yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12.6 W x 32.3 H x 9.4 D in

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Femke van Gemert creates tapestries, wall-hangings, sculptures and installations made of 100 % recycled textiles. They can be works on commission, site specific designs with the use of discarded textiles from various sources. She does this because of a very strong conviction that we need to reconsider waste. Knowing the intense effect on the global environment and human labour conditions the textile and fashion industry has, Femke decided to not use any virgin materials for there artworks. She constantly works on a range of autonomous works. For Femke working with discarded fabrics and textiles is a continuous study and experiment of what she can do with these leftovers of our intensive consumer society. Resulting in art pieces made in various techniques that explore the possibilities of textiles in 2 and 3-D and in voluminous reliefs. “Every piece of textile has been designed, produced, and worn or used otherwise. Therefore, every piece of textile has a story, a particular atmosphere and beauty. Every piece of textile that I use has been eaten, digested and discarded by society, and is for me a fantastic medium to express myself.” Femke van Gemert creates unique, handmade and sustainable art objects from discarded textiles, taking the form of textile wall panels, tapestries, installations and site-specific pieces and soft wall coverings. Her work catches the beauty of imperfection and decay and by its tangible nature often evokes strong emotions with the viewer. “I’m not trying to improve the already existing fabrics I gather. It’s more that I want to create something that doesn't exist yet with the use of what is already there.” Combined in a new frame the used fabrics tell a new story, filling any room with a certain mood while on a functional level improving the acoustics. To make commissioned works even more personal, Femke can work with the commissioner’s own leftover textiles. Several publications in: Textiel Plus, FD Persoonlijk 2013, MInd Magazine China 2014, Bamboo magazine Brazil 2015, Arte1 national Brazilian tv, de Telegraaf the Netherlands, Bloom magazine, Stir Magazine, Vogue Espana, and many others.

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