As a ceramist, I stage encounters between mass-produced industrial objects and traditional ceramic techniques.
Industrial products are for me rather a new type of source material to work with. To stage their encounter with ceramics is to set up a dialogue between industrially-produced and hand-produced, between the ‘fast’ and ‘slow’, the alienated and the rooted, or between the supposedly banal object and the committedly crafted object. While I am arranging these meetings and set their conditions, it is important to me to allow my guests – the different things and materials I invite – to present themselves and to act themselves, provoking their ‘material geste’. Or in other words, objects and materials themselves interact there with one another autonomously, as well as with me.
Working with the encounter, like this, is like playing a game with fragments of contemporary life. It is an ongoing research, into clashes, meetings, confrontations, and relationships – between materials, things, objects, and myself.
Chris van Eeden (1986) is a Dutch ceramist currently living and working in France. She graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2013. After teaching visual arts for five years in the Netherlands, she moved to France in 2018. In 2020, she obtained a masters degree from the École supérieure d'art et de design des Pyrénées in art and ceramics.