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CLEA VAN DER GRIJN -Artist statement-
Cléa van der Grijn –
In more than one way the art of painting. Of creating, of filmmaking has helped me redeem the control of my life. It gives me strength to break barriers and follow an unconventional path. I want to be free of limitations, whilst learning and producing work. My art motivates me and gives me the passion for following this ambition. Filmmaking is a passport to seeing the changing world. It broadens international and intercultural perspectives. Experimental film is a magnificent visceral mixture of sight and sound, more so than any other art form in terms of pure expressionistic potential. With my practice as a painter + experimental film maker, I can express emotions, ideas and concepts through literal and abstract imagery, through juxtaposition editing and the creative use of sound design.
It is my intention with paintings and film, to create a space, the space between now and then. Exploring the dynamism of emptiness in a realm where time and space are altered. Past, present and future are considered in the gaps in-between, blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction. In film, my characters will emphasise the unstable, vulnerable and emotional states of mankind, with prominence on dreamscapes and mindscapes. A fantasy world, an abstract/oneiric land which is both cinematically beautiful and psychologically disturbing. A world that explores significant topics such as death, loss, love, isolation, mental health etc. With paint I have always worked intuitively, with impulsion. Within the genre of experimentation I want to explore entirely new ways of painting with the aim of innovating my practice.
Truth hurts. Since 2008 van der Grijn has been working on the subject of death and memory . Her practice dealt with unraveling the complexities associated around the culture of death and reconstructed memory, researching the myth of repressed memory, re- imagining and process all become part her narrative, understanding the rational, social and emotional circumstances that become constructed around memory and time. RECONSTRUCTED MEMORY (2016). The process of her studio practice is multifaceted. This is demonstrated through painting, film, installation,
sculpture, audio and writing, which all deal with the reconstruction of time + memory. Fact and fiction. A construct rather than a deconstruct.
Since 2018 van der Grijn’s film practice has developed , winning awards at prestigeous international film festivals and the recent purchase of her 26 min film JUMP from IMMA ( Irish Museum of Modern Art )as part of their permanent national collection. However it is painting, the paint, the direct unfiltered connection with the canvas, that drives her. It is through her paintings that van der Grijn explores the complexities of mental health, addiction and societal stigmas thereof.
Official selection
FLUX
New Jersey International film festival
New Jersey
2022
Official selection
FLUX
20th Belfast film festival
Belfast
2021
Honorable mention
FLUX
L.A Underground Film Forum
L.A
Official selection
FLUX
Bloomsday Film festival
Dublin
official selection
FLUX
Europa Film Festival
Barcelona
Official selection
FLUX
New York Independent cinema awards
New York
Official selection
FLUX
Austin Art House
Austin
Honourable mention
FLUX
Video Art And Experimental film festival
New York
Nominated
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Carmathen Bay film festival
Llaneli
Remi Award winner
FLUX
World Fest Houston
Texas
Award winner
FLUX
International Short film festival
New York
Award winner
FLUX
Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin
Award winner
FLUX
San Diego Art Film Festival
San Diego
Award
FLUX
Denver Underground Film Festival
Denver
Award winner best Experimental
FLUX
Barcelona international film festival
Barcelona
Official selection
FLUX
LA Indies
LA
Official selection
FLUX
Indie Cork
Cork
Official selection
FLUX
Toronto Indie shorts
Toronto
Honourable mention
FLUX
Video Art and Experimental film festival New York
New York
Award winner
FLUX
Toronto International women film festival
Toronto
Award winner
FLUX
Melbourne undergrounf folm festival
Melbourne
Award winner
FLUX
Berlin International art film festival
Berlin
Award winner
FLUX
Montreal independent film festival
Montreal
Award winner
JUMP
WRPN womens International film festival
Finalist
JUMP
Oakland Film Festival
Oakland, California
Honourable mention
JUMP
L.A Underground Film Forum
L.A
Award winner
JUMP
ARFF Amsterdam film awards
Amsterdam
Official selection
JUMP
Austin Art house
Austin , Texas
Award winner
JUMP
Demetera International film festival
Paris
Purchased by IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART as part of their permanent national collection
JUMP
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art ( purchased as part of their national collection )
Dublin
Birth Date
August 9, 1967
Nickname
Cléa
Birth City
Dublin
Current City
Sligo
Gender
Female
Children
Oskar . Maximillian . Orlando
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