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ANAPHORA the elements: earth – art exhibition by Roos Vogels

December 23, 2022 @ 20:00 - January 29, 2023 @ 17:00

December 23rd – January 29th, every Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm

In her work – which consists of installations, sculptures, drawings and photographs – Roos Vogels (Eindhoven 1992) tries to understand fathom nature. She studies natural appearances and experiments with growth mechanisms. The forest is her favourite place to work and serves as a source of inspiration. The tree as a living organism plays the leading role in this. But her studio is where the real research begins. There, she delves into literature on philosophy and biology and finds kindred spirits in Land Art and Arte Povera in her library of art books.

Roos stops in her installations the natural process for a moment – the natural life freezes into an artwork. Her installations and sculptures are like spatial drawings from branches and willow twigs. Through these works, she tries to approach the soul of the natural process of growing, blooming and dying. It encompasses the cycle of life and death in a poetic perspective.

Although her work is organic and sensual, it also demonstrates an attention to geometry, order and balance. This is evident from her works in graphite on burnt wood. The wood grains made more visible by burning and the intense soot-black of the charred material show Roos the way to metamorphose the pure wood into a drawing. The graphite drawing added after burning is the magnified bark of the tree taken away from its context and scale. The intense black acts as a window onto a limitless space, a transition from the tangible nature to the immaterial world. 

Her work is like a tracking search for transformations but also in her own abilities to distil a work of art from that same nature. Exploring the possibilities is an ongoing process of discovery, destruction and rediscovery. This is how she unravels the wonder of nature and makes it real for us. Anaphora, in her case vision, represents the tree as a living organism. The tree that keeps revealing itself in different capacities and becomes more and more meaningful. The tree that is approached by Roos, rediscovered, explored and transformed – again and again.

About Roos Vogels

“Faced with the prospect of our society destroying its natural resources, the ‘romantic’ idea of reconciliation with nature takes on new meaning for me. But it is the urge to understand nature. A miracle, that I want to communicate to the public.”

Roos owes her love for nature to her family, who introduced her to diverse landscapes around the world at a very young age. In 2019, she received her BA from the AKV|St. Joost art academy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. She presented her final work Traces of Time’s Passage at the Launch exhibition, for which she was nominated for the SBK Sprouts Young Talent Award and the SBK-Otto Hetterscheid Stimulation Prize.

After the academy, she participated as an Apprentice in the Apprentice Master Project of Kunstpodium T and as one of the participants of Inversion Talenthub Brabant. With several achievements in the meantime, she continues her practice from her studio at the Temporary Art Centre in Eindhoven and collaborates with several (international) artists.

Side program during art exhibition

23-12-2022, 8 – 10pm Opening of the exhibition
06-01-2023, 3 – 5pm 
Crafting with nature, Kids event
12-01-2023, 8 – 10 pm 
Art & Science Salon
19-01-2023, 8 – 10 pm Meet the artist: A conversation between Roos Vogels and Liesbeth Schreuder
29-01-2023, 4 – 5 pm Finissage, Closing Borrel


December 23, 2022 @ 20:00
January 29, 2023 @ 17:00
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Albert van Abbehuis
Bilderdijklaan 19
Eindhoven, Noord Brabant 5611 NG Netherlands
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