Meet the Artist
At Brickroad we love to have the opportunity to display new local art within our co-working space for all our members to enjoy and hopefully inspire them to be creative and collaborative. It also give use the opportunity to celebrate all the amazing artistic talents of people within our network. We are lucky enough to have Ella displaying one of her latest photography series. Get to know a bit more about her art, her passion and her inspirations below (along with some links to see more of her work!).
Name: Ella Gijselhart
Instagram / social media: @ellaellaaa_
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Ella Gijselhart. I live in
Amsterdam and I like to roam around, gather items or take images of objects I come across on the streets.
2. How would you best describe your work?
In my work I’m interested in observing the correspondence of images. By extracting images out of their origin, transform and combining them, I examine general associations and look at the differences and resemblances that I can find.
3. What or who inspires your work?
In times of disappointment, I always circle back to the work ofSophie Calle. The simplicity in her projects appeals to me, for example with "Les Dormeurs" in which she invites people to sleep in her bed while she observes them. But maybe even more in her books like ‘Des histoires vraies’ and ‘Le Carnet d’adresses’. Her approach in which there’s room for coincidence and where ordinary subjects are placed in a new light moves me in her work.
4. What's your background? How did you get into art?
This summer I graduated in photography at the University of the Arts Utrecht. Photography always has a form in the process but it’s not always the outcome anymore. I try to find a suitable way to portray my subjects in using several media like image, video, text, performance and sound.
5. What is next for you?
Together with my friend Wimke Dekker, I teamed up as an interdisciplinary photo, video and graphic design duo. We develop different projects with a playful approach under the name Un œuf is un œuf. You can find our (future) projects at www.un-oeuf-is-un-oeuf.studio.
6. What advice would you give to another artist?
Don’t take it all too seriously, focus on having fun in making things. When you have a moment that you lose this aspect, go see the films of Agnès Varda. Her work makes me smile and gives me new perspectives.